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Citation Guide: EZ Citations in Word

Citation Help for: APA, MLA, Chicago, and Turabian styles

A Word of Caution

Citation help services, such as Microsoft Word or websites do not always give you a proper citation.  Therefore, when using these services it is best to check that you are getting correct citations.


Did You Know

Some of the library resources will tell you how to cite sources.  Want to know more? Ask at the front desk!

How to create citations in Microsoft Word

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Step 1: Open up a Microsoft Word document, and click on references. You will see an area that says citations and bibliography.

Step 2: Click on the style button. Please select the style (APA, MLA, Turabian) that you will be using to write the paper.

Step 3: Click on Manage Sources. A screen that says "Source Manager" should appear. Click on the "New" button to start adding sources.

Step 4: Select the type of source (Book, Journal, and etcetera) you are using in your paper.

Step 5: Fill in the information need to write a bibliography. Once you have filled in your information click on ok. Repeat this step until you have entered in all your sources.

Step 6: After all of the sources are entered you can do two things with the information.

  1. Create in text citations
  2. Create a bibliography or work cited page

Step 7: How to create in text citations. Select the "Insert Citation" button and select the source you are citing.  The proper in text citation will appear in your paper.

Step 8: How to create a work cited/ bibliography page. Go to "Insert" and then "Page Break" to start a new page.

  • Once you have started a new page go to "References" and "Bibliography" and select either bibliography or work cited, depending on the citation format you are using.
  • All the bibliographies you entered in the "Source Manager" will appear.

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