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in search of the elusive ​typo.

​My name’s Lisa Skinner and I can help you with your proofreading needs. I’m a native English speaker with an eye for spotting typos and grammar gaffs in print and online.

The 3 Ways I Can Help Your Project

​You've worked hard to write your dissertation or paper. Now you need another set of eyes:


​Do you have text that's almost ready to go? You need another set of eyes to find errors in spelling, grammar, and punctuation.  I also make sure tables and illustrations have the correct numbers and captions.


​I review your text and suggest minor changes for readability and sense. I ensure that all the elements on the page are consistent.


​Every publisher has a unique style guide. I will make sure your text matches the style guide and that references and citations are correctly formatted.

​My Background

I've spent some time in the classroom:

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    BA Geography, California State University, Sacramento
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    Master of Library Science, University of Maryland
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    Certificate for English Editing, David Yellin Academic College, Jerusalem

I'm a reference librarian at Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

My main subject areas are:

  • Psychology
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    Cognitive Science
  • International Relations
  • Geography

I've spent some time editing:

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    California Legislature, proofreading legislation
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    Hebrew University, main library newsletter
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    Hebrew University, students and faculty with dissertations, papers, and grant proposals

Who I Can Help

Type of project:

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    Dissertations and theses
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    Academic papers
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    White papers
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    Blog posts
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    Web pages
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My favorite topics:

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I​ worked with Lisa at the Hebrew University main library for many years. One of the projects she helped me with was getting a paper published in the Journal of Academic Librarianship. Lisa edited my paper for me and it was accepted by the journal right away!  

​Zila Rosenberg

​Reference Librarian

I have known Lisa for eight years. She has a good eye for detail and catches typos that others miss. I recommend her if you are looking for a diligent proofreader.

​Deborah Schwartz


​Frequently Asked Questions

How much does proofreading cost?

How long will it take you to proofread my paper?

I'm behind schedule. Do you take rush jobs?

I have a spell checker. Do I still need a proofreader?

OK. But what about the grammar checker?

​I'm ready to start. How do I hire you?

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​It's easy to get started.

​Click the button below. It will take you to my contact form. Just fill out your details and tell me a bit about your project. Then we'll arrange a time to meet via Skype.

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