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Students may work with a typist or editor for help formatting a document in Microsoft Word, for line editing, and for transcription. Using a typist/editor from this list to create or author your work is strictly prohibited. The Graduate School provides a list of typists/editors who are independent contractors and are not employed by The Graduate School. The Graduate School does not guarantee the availability or credentials of the individuals and supplies this list only as a courtesy.

To download a PDF of the typist/editor list along with these guidelines, click here.

The Graduate School defines these services as:

  • Line Editing:  Language usage, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, typos, etc. Does not include content revisions or formatting.
  • Formatting: Formatting an MS Word document to meet the graduate school guidelines (Standard; Manuscript). Does not include line editing.
  • Transcribing: Transcription of digital recordings into written format.

It is up to the student to verify and confirm the fees, credentials, and any other needed information before hiring the typist/editor. 

Checklist - Important questions to ask when hiring a typist/editor:

  • Ask for their rate. Is this per hour? Per page? A flat rate? etc.
  • Send them a draft of your document and ask for an estimate of their time
  • Tell the typist/editor to ask for your permission before they work above the estimated time and ask why they need to go above the original estimate
  • Ask about their availability, turn-around time, and if they can complete your document by the posted deadline
  • Ask how many MSU Graduate School papers they have formatted (if you require formatting help)
  • Ask about their editing experience (if you require line edits)
  • Be clear on what your needs are. Do you need help with formatting in MS Word, or do you need line edits, or both?

This checklist of questions is not meant to be exhaustive, but should give you some guidance in finding the right person for your needs and budget. As always, be in touch with the Formatting Advisor, Jennifer Miller, and let her know of any issues, concerns, or positive feedback you may have.

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 Typist/Editor List
Name & Contact Information Date added to Typist/Editor List Services Offered
MS Word formatting Line editing Transcribing
Rebecca Ballotta
Word formatting, editing, transcribing
January 2013
Suzanne G. Fox
Word formatting, editing, transcribing
 November 2014  X  X X
Donna Kelly
Word formatting, editing
(h) 406-285-5235 or (c) 406-539-7231
January 2002
Robin A.W. Kelley
Word formatting, editing
January 2013

Maria Madruga

 June 2015   X  
Katie Thomas
Editing, transcribing
March 2013