In Word bibliography features are available to make the process simpler. Also in Word works cited features are available. Learn about them here.
How to create a bibliography or works cited page in Word
If you need to write a research paper, chances are you'll also be required to include a bibliography. Or you might be asked to include a works cited page or a list of references. 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. And if you ever decide to add more sources or use a different reference style, you’ll have to update everything all over again. 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.
We’ll use Word 2013 to show you how to create a bibliography, but you can use the exact same method in Word 2010 or Word 2007.
Step 1: Choose a reference style
When you're creating a bibliography, you'll need to follow the guidelines of the required style guide. Different academic disciplines use their own styles guides, such as MLA, APA, and Chicago. 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.
To do this, click the References tab, then select the desired style in the Citations & Bibliography group.
You can use this same method to change the reference style at any time.
Step 2: Add citations and sources
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. 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.
Step 3: Insert the bibliography
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 need a quick reference for MLA, APA, or Chicago formatting, we recommend the Purdue Online Writing Lab.
If you add more sources to your document, you can easily update your bibliography—just click it and select Update Citations and Bibliography.
No matter how many sources you include in your document, Word's built-in tools make it easy to create and organize a bibliography. If you want further guidance with the process, check out this tutorial from Microsoft on how to Create a Bibliography.
This tutorial will guide you through the process of setting up Microsoft Word 2013 for your MLA Format paper. It is very easy and we are going to accomplish the following settings:
I. How to Set the Font and Size:
- When you first start Word 2013, you are placed under the Home tab (like in the image below), if not, click on the Home tab.
- Click on the font and select Times New Roman.
- Click on the size and select 12.
Note: If you already typed your text, you need to select all your text before you select the font in order to apply the text to the new font. To select all text, press CTRL+A(that means holding down the CTRL key, keep holding it then press the A key on your keyboard).
II. How to Set the Margins in Word 2013:
- Click on Page Layout => then click on Margins.
- Make sure the margins for top, left, bottom & right are set to 1″.
III. How To Create a Header in Word 2013:
- To create a header with your last name and automatic page numbering, click Insert => Page Number => Top of Page => then click on Plain Number 3.
- Now type in your Last Name and leave a space before the page number. Note: make sure the font is being set to Times New Roman and size 12.
IV. How to Setup Line Spacing to Double Spaced in Word 2013:
- Click on the Home tab.
- Click on the Line Spacing button.
- Click on 2.0.
V. How to Enter the First Page Information:
- Type your full name => press Enter.
- Type your professor’s name => press Enter.
- Type course title => press Enter.
- Type your paper’s due date => press Enter.
- Click on the Align Center icon on the formatting toolbar (to center your blinking cursor) => Type the title of your paper, capitalizing the first letter and all major words and proper nouns. Do not use italics, boldfaced type, underlining, or all caps to format your title. Do not type a period at the end of the title => press Enter.
- Click on the Align Left icon (to bring your blinking cursor to the left).
- Click on the Tab key to indent 1/2 inch to begin your first paragraph. Use the Tab key on every next new paragraphs. Your completed setting should look like this:
VI. How to Setup the Works Cited Page:
Follow this how-to when you are ready to work on your Works Cited page. The Works Cited page has the following characteristics:
- A heading “Works Cited” centered one inch below the top edge of a new page. Do not bold or underline this heading.
- No indent on the first line of each entry. If an entry runs more than one line, indent the subsequent line or lines 1/2 inch from the left margin.
- Alphabetize entries in your list of works cited by the author’s last name, using the letter-by-letter system.
Immediately after typing the final line of your paper, press the CTRL key and the ENTER key at the same time to begin a new page (another method is to insert a page break from the toolbar). Your header with your last name and automatic page numbering should appear at the top left of your paper.
- Click on the align center icon so that the text is centered.
- Type Works Cited(do not underline, boldface, italicize, or enclose the title in quotation marks).
- Press the Enter key once to begin a new line.
- Click on the align left icon so that the text is aligned left.
- The feature to setup indentation on the subsequent line/lines is called Hanging Indent. To setup hanging indent, click on Home => click on Paragraphs => under Special, choose Hanging => enter the value By 0.5 (or 1/2 inch) => click OK to apply the settings.
- Now type your sources. If you have Internet sources, when you type in the URL, Microsoft Word automatically apply the hyperlink to it. You should remove the hyperlink by right-clicking on the URL => choose Remove Hyperlink.
I hope you found this tutorial helpful. Take care!
MLA Format Guidelines:
APA Format Guidelines: