Referencing with Microsoft Word

Only word 2007 and newer versions of word has this referencing feature.

Using the reference option will make referencing seem like a breeze. Below are 5 easy steps to help you reference and will save you lots of time. So before writing your assignment start your reference list.

STEP 1: Click on the reference tab (fourth tab from the ‘File’ tab.)

STEP 2: Choose your reference style (e.g. APA; Harvard/MLA). You can find this below the reference tab under manage sources.




STEP 3: Now to create your reference list, click on “Manage Sources”. An empty box should appear, in which you click on “New”. A box called “create source” should pop up allowing you to add information to the new source.




STEP 4: The arrow will show the drop down menu of different sources, such as book, journal or report. Select your type of source. Insert all the other required fields. If there is more information you need to add to your specific referencing style you can click the box that says “show all bibliography fields” and add any extra information.  Click “OK”. Now add in your sources one at a time by repeating steps 1 to 4.

STEP 5: Once you have completed adding all your resources and you have started your assignment, in text referencing becomes much simpler. NOW, instead of having to go through all the ‘horror’, all you need to do is click on ‘insert citation’ and word will do it for you.

STEP 6: Once you have completed your assignment. On a new page at the end of your assignment, click on the bibliography option on the reference tab. To insert a bibliography list click the first option and your list should generate automatically.



THAT’S IT! You have successfully referenced your assignment!