These are all just different names for the same thing: a list of sources —such as books, articles, or even websites—that you used to research and write your paper. A bibliography makes it easy for someone else to see where you found your information. A short bibliography might look something like this:. You could create a bibliography manually, but it would take a lot of work. But if you take the time to input your sources into Word, it can create and update a bibliography automatically.
This can save you a lot of time and help ensure your references are accurate and correct. When you're creating a bibliography, you'll need to follow the guidelines of the required style guide. Fortunately, Word comes with several built-in style guides; all you need to do is select the one you want to use, and Word will help you format your bibliography correctly. Whenever you use information from one of your sources, you'll need to give credit—or cite them.
This is known as making a citation. You'll include citations whenever you use information from a source or when you quote a source directly. To add a citation, select the desired location for the citation in your document, click the Insert Citation command on the References tab, and select Add New Source.
A dialog box will appear. Or, if you want to export your bibliography sources to another computer, check out this post on the Microsoft Word blog. APA style uses the author's name and publication date. If you have multiple citations from the same author, there is a known Word bug where the citation generator fills in the publication title when it's not supposed to.
If this happens to you, here's how to fix the problem:. Click the Title checkbox, and then click OK. Upgrade to Microsoft to work anywhere from any device and continue to receive support. In your Word document, click on the References tab in the Ribbon. Type in the citation details and then click OK.
When you've completed these steps, the citation is added to the Insert Citation button, so the next time you quote this reference, you don't have to type it all out again. Typically they are at the end of a document. Much like the Table of Contents builder in Word, you can select a predesigned bibliography format that includes a title or you can just click Insert Bibliography to add the citation without a title.
If you want to learn more about using citation placeholders and editing sources, take a look at Creating a bibliography in Word Or if you want to export your bibliography sources to another computer, check out this post on the Microsoft Word blog. Click the down-arrow and then click Edit Citation. Click the Title checkbox and then click OK. You can't automatically generate citations in Word Online. Instead, if you have the desktop version of Word, select Open in Word to open the document. Then follow the steps for Word desktop.
Premium apps:. Premium apps. Click the style that you want to use for the citation and source. Click at the end of the sentence or phrase that you want to cite. Support for Office ended on October 13, Upgrade to Microsoft to work anywhere from any device and continue to receive support.
You'll include citations whenever you use information from a source or when you quote a source directly. To add a citation, select the desired location for the citation in your document, click the Insert Citation command on the References tab, and select Add New Source. A dialog box will appear.
Enter the requested information for the source—like the author name, title, and publication details—then click OK. The citation will appear in the document, and the source will be saved. You can quickly add another citation for the source by clicking Insert Citation and selecting the source from the drop-down menu. Time for the easy part! Once you've added all of your sources, you can create your bibliography in just a few clicks! Just select the Bibliography command, then choose the desired style.
The bibliography will appear at the end of your document. Your sources will already be formatted to match the selected style guide. You should still double-check each of your sources against your style guide to make sure they're correct. If you add more sources to your document, you can easily update your bibliography—just click it and select Update Citations and Bibliography. For dates, spell out the names of months in the text of your paper, but abbreviate them in the list of works cited, except for May, June, and July.
Use either the day-month-year style 22 July or the month-day-year style July 22, and be consistent. With the month-day-year style, be sure to add a comma after the year unless another punctuation mark goes there. When reports were written on typewriters, the names of publications were underlined because most typewriters had no way to print italics.
If you write a bibliography by hand, you should still underline the names of publications. But, if you use a computer, then publication names should be in italics as they are below. Always check with your instructor regarding their preference of using italics or underlining.
Our examples use italics. The APA guidelines specify using sentence-style capitalization for the titles of books or articles, so you should capitalize only the first word of a title and subtitle. The exceptions to this rule would be periodical titles and proper names in a title which should still be capitalized. The periodical title is run in title case, and is followed by the volume number which, with the title, is also italicized. If there are more than six authors, list only the first one and use et al.
Place the date of publication in parentheses immediately after the name of the author. Place a period after the closing parenthesis. Do not italicize, underline, or put quotes around the titles of shorter works within longer works. Examples: Allen, T. Vanishing wildlife of North America. Washington, D. Boorstin, D. The creators: A history of the heroes of the imagination.
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