Question

How can I use the Microsoft Word referencing tool to do my references?


Answer

Microsoft Word  has many useful referencing tools available, which will be detailed in this FAQ. A bibliography cannot be created unless the document contains at least one citation and one source.

  1. Open Microsoft Word , and click on the References Tab in the top menu. 
     
  2. Ensure the referencing style is set to APA Sixth Edition.

     

Adding a New Citation and a New Source

  1. Click at the end of the sentence or phrase you would like to cite, and select Insert Citation from the menu bar above.

     
  2. Select the correct Type of Source, then fill in all available information, (i.e. Author, Name of page, URLDate), then Click OK.

     
  3. You can now add a bibliography/reference list to your document. Click on the location you desire to add the list, then click on Bibliography, and in the dropdown menu, choose Bibliography or Works Cited (reference list). The list will be added to the previously decided location. 

     
  4. Change the title from Works Cited to References, then centre it. Ensure to insert a line after each source.
     

Adding New Citations from a Previously Used Source

  1. Click at the end of the text where you wish to add the citation, and click on Citations in the menu bar.

     
  2. In the pop-up menu on the right, select the reference you would like to insert, and double click on it to insert it.