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"End the tedium of manual reference checking and save time," say the developers ... and it does exactly that. ReferenceChecker is basically a really clever macro that checks text-based citations in a manuscript against a reference list or bibliography.
I still remember life without this, and how painstakingly inefficient it was to have to interrupt my reading of a heavily referenced academic tome every few minutes in order to check that a citation was correct.
In vain, I tried to work out a way to manage the process better, googling for macros that would check references, and came up with nothing.
Then Paul Sensecall, a fellow member of the SfEP, posted a note on our society discussion group about this macro that he and his colleague Adam Bukolt had developed for Word documents.
I haven’t looked back.
Louise Harnby is a professional proofreader and copyeditor. She curates The Proofreader's Parlour and is the author of several books on business planning and marketing for editors and proofreaders.
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This Roundup offers links to some excellent articles about using macros in Word, and a couple of books for macro-users, one of which is a comprehensive freebie with over 400 macros written by SfEP Advanced Member Paul Beverley.
If you know of other macros that would be of use to editors and proofreaders, please share them with us in the Comments section. When it comes to using macros, the usual caveats apply – take care with them and make a backup copy of your work before you run anything that's going to make major revisions.
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