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.
Academic referencing can be nothing short of a nightmare because there are so many different styles of referencing out there. Last year I went back to university for the first time in seven years and found that the simple mention of Harvard referencing conjured up an old, yet familiar nauseous feeling in my stomach (which I hadn’t experienced in precisely seven years). I’m sure many others share in my pain at the start of every academic year when they are introduced to a new referencing style.
It isn't that references aren't useful, they are! It's just that writing and referencing require two totally different processes. This makes doing them at the same time a touch difficult. I recall many occasions when I have tried to hold a fantastic idea I'd just had while trying to remain pedantic enough to insert references correctly.
There are reference generator websites out there. Although I was unable to find one which produced results that didn’t need to be modified in some small way. In general I found that these websites also caused slight frustration, because every time I needed to reference something I would have to open a new browser, fill in a form, cut and paste the text into my document and then modify it. Do this 20 or more times and that’s nothing short of painful!
Well worry no longer my friends as Mr. Proofread has a solution to relieve your torment! There is indeed a way to extend the reference style options within Microsoft Word to enable Harvard referencing and many other styles.
Click here and download the “styles.zip” file.
Copy the contents of the zip file into your Microsoft Word bibliography style directory. This directory can be found in different places depending on your machine and the software it is running. Two typical places for Windows are:
- program files\Microsoft Office\Office12\Bibliography\Style
- <winword.exe directory>\Bibliography\Style
Those using a Mac with Word 2008 may find the directory in either of these two places:
- Applications/Microsoft Office 2008/Microsoft Word.app/Contents/Resources/Style/
Open Word and navigate to “References” and use the “Style” drop down menu to select the style you want. See the image below:
I hope this blog post finds you in your hour of need! Automated citations should save you alot of time and may help to relieve the nausea that some of us feel when referencing our writing.