Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Typing the Research Paper Text
Word provides tools to assist you with inserting citations in a paper and later
generating a list of sources from the citations. With a documentation style selected,
Word automatically formats the citations and list of sources according to that style. The
process for adding citations in Word is as follows:
1. Modify the documentation style, if necessary.
2. Insert a citation placeholder.
3. Enter the source information for the citation.
You can combine Steps 2 and 3, where you insert the citation placeholder and enter
the source information at once. Or, you can insert the citation placeholder as you write
and then enter the source information for the citation at a later time. While creating the
research paper in this chapter, you will use both methods.
To Change the Bibliography Style
The i rst step in inserting a citation is to be sure the citations and sources will be formatted using the
correct documentation style, called the bibliography style in Word. The following steps change the specii ed
documentation style.
References tab
Style box arrow
Click References on
the Ribbon to display
the References tab.
Click the Bibliography
Style box arrow
(References tab |
Citations &
Bibliography group)
to display a gallery
of predei ned
documentation styles
(Figure 2 28).
Citations &
MLA Sixth
Edition to
be selected
Bibliography Style
gallery lists predei ned
documentation styles
Click MLA Sixth
Edition in the
Bibliography Style
gallery to change
the documentation
style to MLA.
i rst line of subsequent
paragraph indented
automatically when
you pressed ENTER key
What if I
am using a
different edition of a
documentation style
shown in the
Style gallery?
Select the closest
one and then, if
necessary, perform
necessary edits before
submitting the paper.
paragraph mark
indicates ENTER
key was pressed
text entered
insertion point
Figure 2– 28
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