How To Insert Bibliography In Word Mac 2011

Before you can add a citation, a works cited list, or a bibliography, you must add a source to your document. A works cited list is a list of sources, usually placed at the end of a document, that you referred to (or "cited") in the document. A works cited list is different from a bibliography, which is a list of sources that you consulted when you created the document. After you add sources, you can automatically generate a works cited list or a bibliography based on that source information. Each time that you create a new source, the source information is saved on your computer. You can use the Source Manager to find and reuse any source that you have created, even sources in other documents.

Citations are parenthetical references that are placed inline with the text. Citations are different from footnotes and endnotes, which are placed at the bottom of the page or end of the document. The source information stored in the Citations tool or Source Manager can be used to create citations, a works cited list, or a bibliography. However, you cannot use the information in the Citations tool or the Source Manager to create footnotes or endnotes.

For more information about templates for various styles, such as APA style, visit the Office for Mac templates web site.

Microsoft Word produces bibliographies for the most common academic style guides -- MLA (Modern Language Association), APA (American Psychological Association), Chicago and Turabian. The newer versions (2008 and 2011) of Word for Mac can automatically generate a bibliography after you have entered your sources (books, articles, websites, etc.) into the Citations tool. Word allows you to add, edit or delete sources at any time while you work on a document. Sources can be added all at once or as you use them in your writing.

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Word for Mac's bibliography tool helps you organize your sources and produce an accurate bibliography.

Word for Mac 2011

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Open a new or existing document.

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Select the "Document Elements" tab from the Ribbon.

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Locate the Reference tab, which, by default, is the third tab from the right. Choose a documentation style (APA, Chicago, MLA or Turabian) from the drop-down menu.

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Click on the "Manage" button to bring up the Citations tool.

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Click the gear icon at the bottom right of the Citations tool, and choose "Citation Source Manager" from the drop-down menu.

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Select the "New" button and the Create a New Source menu will open.

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Choose the type of source from the drop-down menu at the top. Complete the appropriate fields (author, title, etc.) for this source. Follow the above steps to add each of the sources used in your document.

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Determine where to place the bibliography in the document and place the cursor at the desired insertion point. (Bibliographies usually start on a new page at the end of the document.)

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Click on "Bibliography" under the Reference tab on the Ribbon. When you click on the Bibliography button, Word will list all of your sources under a new heading: "Bibliography."

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Format the bibliography based on the fonts and styles of your document. Select the entire bibliography and choose the appropriate font and type size from the "Home" tab in the Ribbon. By default, the heading "Bibliography" is left-aligned. Center it if your style guide requires this.

Word for Mac 2008

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Follow the above steps to insert a bibliography in Word for Mac 2008. However, note that the locations of the Citations tool and insert Bibliography function are different from Word 2011.

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Locate the Citations tool under the View menu. It is one of the Toolbox choices. Once you bring up the Citations tool, follow Steps 5 through 7 in the previous section to create a new source.

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Insert the Bibliography by going to the Insert Menu. Choose "Bibliography" from the Document Elements menu. Select your Citation Style Guide from the drop-down menu and then click on "Bibliography."

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