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Gonnateachyahow: How To Properly Cite Your Paper or Hub Using Microsoft Word 2010s Reference Tab

Updated on January 26, 2015

By J.C. Delfino III

In today's world of instant information people tend to forget about giving author's their credit for the work they do. It's easy to read something and then sit down and write a paper about it or an online journal. But not giving credit where credit is do is plagiarizing and possibly copyright infringement. As a writer I don't mind when people use my work as long as they give credit where credit is due.

Most people think it is very difficult to cite something, and online generators can be very difficult to figure out. Microsoft Word 2010 has it built right in and in a few simple steps I will show you how to properly cite and submit a works cited page.

First enter the information that you found, I am using books but I will tell you how to use websites and other sources as we go.

Here I entered the information from the first book,Psychology in Action.

Here you can see that I typed in the information I wished to use to support my argument.
Here you can see that I typed in the information I wished to use to support my argument.

Next you will see in the References tab of Microsoft Word an insert citation button.

Click References then Insert Citation.
Click References then Insert Citation.

Next you want to pull down the drop down menu and pick the type of media you are citing, you can cite books, magazines, websites, TV shows and more.

Click the Drop Down Menu and pick your media type.
Click the Drop Down Menu and pick your media type.

Fill in the information from the media source that you are using. Add as much information as you can for better citing (college professors often want everything you can say about the source and will doc you for minimal information). Click all Bibliography Fields to add more then the basic five that Word defaults to.

Fill in the information completely.
Fill in the information completely.

If using a book most of the information will be found on the publisher's page at the beginning of the book. (Except for page numbers, use the page numbers of the actual pages you use.)

Most of the information you need is on the publisher page at the beginning of the book.
Most of the information you need is on the publisher page at the beginning of the book.

After you are finished with the source all you have to do is save it and it will automatically place an in-work citation. Don't forget to place the period at the end of the sentence. If you have one before the notation delete it, proper citation has the period after the notation and before is improper use of a citation.

Clicking Enter when finished will cite the source text. Don't forget the period.
Clicking Enter when finished will cite the source text. Don't forget the period.

Repeat those six steps each time you cite a source, if you are using the same source over when you press insert citation you will have the option of using a previously used source.

Repeat each time you cite a source.
Repeat each time you cite a source.

Inserting a Works Cited or Bibliography Page is Easy

After you are done writing your paper you can then click on Bibliography and you will see a menu pop up that lists Bibliography or Work Cited. Something to remember MLA uses Biblography and APA uses Works Cited. Make sure you are using the right one. If your professor / teacher asks for MLA or APA you can pick the style using the "style" button right above the "Bibliography" button to change to the style they have requested, keep the whole paper universal using the same format for the paper and the works cited/bibliography.

Creating the Bibliography or Works Cited Pages is a snap!
Creating the Bibliography or Works Cited Pages is a snap!

You have one work cited page developed (if writing a paper be sure to add it to it's own page and not on the same page as the essay.) alphabetized and ready to go.

And there you go a work cited page properly formatted and even alphabetized.
And there you go a work cited page properly formatted and even alphabetized.

So as you can see following these easy steps will enable you to properly cite your paper, giving credit where credit is due. It also greatly adds creditably to your work, having masters in the field quoted and cited in your work.


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      J. C. Delfino III 5 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      I used this in my college classes, it formats to either APA, MLA along with a bunch of other formats, you might want to check it out.

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      jackcoburn 5 years ago from Brisbane, Australia

      No worries!

      I wish I knew this in high school I can only use university style now. :(

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      J. C. Delfino III 5 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Thank you for your input Jack! Always looking at ways to improve my hubs, this was the first one with pictures in the hub. Glad you liked it.

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      jackcoburn 5 years ago from Brisbane, Australia

      This is pretty well structured hub on the topic! :) I posted in your forum topic too with some advice that might be helpful but if it's not then this is already a great, easy to understand guide to citing.

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      J. C. Delfino III 5 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Thanks for the type fix I do sometimes miss them. ;-)

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      Grammaroni 5 years ago

      It's "copyright" not "copy-write"