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Working with the References Ribbon Tab of Microsoft Office Word 2007

Updated on February 26, 2017
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The References Ribbon Tab of Microsoft Office Word 2007

References Ribbon Tab

The References Ribbon Tab of Microsoft Office 2007 is important and useful to advanced Word users, for instance, those who want to set things like table of contents and footnotes make use of it. The references tab comprises of Table of Contents, Footnotes, Citations and Bibliography, Captions, Index, and Table of Authorities. Let us have a look at them in more detailed manner.

Table of Contents Group

Adding Table of Contents

A table of contents, usually headed simply "Contents" and abbreviated informally as TOC, is a list, usually found on a page before the start of a written work, of its chapter or section titles or brief descriptions with their commencing page numbers.

Table of contents – this command will help you to add a table of content to your document. You can make use of an automatic table or a manual one. You can click on the drop down button of the table of contents and select insert table of contents for more options.

Add text – use this command to add the current paragraph as an entry in the table of contents.

Update table – use this command to update your table of contents such that all the entries you have made refer to the correct page number. This is usually done after you add some new materials to your document.

References Tab

References Ribbon Tab
References Ribbon Tab | Source

Footnotes Group

Working With Footnotes in MS Word

We use footnotes and endnotes in printed documents to explain, comment on, or provide more details about a word or phrase in the document.

Insert footnote – use this command to insert a footnote which appears at the bottom of a page. Using this command, you won’t be able to select the note reference mark (a number, character or a combination of characters that indicate that additional information is to be found in a footnote or endnote).

Insert endnote – this command will insert an endnote at the end of your document.

Next footnote – this will help you to navigate to the next or previous footnote in the document.

It is good to use the dialog launcher to bring out the footnote and endnote dialog box. Using it you will be able to select if you want a footnote or endnote. Most important, you will be able to select the number format or custom mark you want to use.

Setting of Footnote and Endnote
Setting of Footnote and Endnote | Source

Citations and Bibliography Group

How to Insert Citations in MS Word

You will find important commands that will help you create a Bibliography. A bibliography is a list of sources that you consulted or cited while creating your document.

Insert citation – use this command to insert a citation for a book, journal, article, or any other periodicals as the source of part of your work.

Manage sources – this command will help you to view the list of all your sources cited in your document.

Style – use this command to select the style of citation to use in your document. This could be styles like APA, Chicago, and MLA style.

Bibliography – using this command, you will be able to add a bibliography which lists all the sources cited in the document.

Captions Group

Inserting Table of Contents
Inserting Table of Contents | Source

Inserting Table of Figures

Insert caption – this will help to add a caption to a picture or other image.

Insert table of figures – this is the command you will use to insert a table of figures into the document. A table of figures includes a list of all the figures, tables, or equations in the document.

Cross-reference – cross-reference refers to items such as headings, figures, and tables.

Index Group

Mark entry – use this option to mark an entry and include the selected text in the index of the document.

Insert index – use this command to insert an index to the document. An index is a list of keywords found in the document along with the page numbers the words appear on.

Table of Authorities Group

Mark citation – use this command to add the selected text as an entry in the table of authorities.

Insert table of authorities – use this command to insert table of authorities to your document. A table of authorities lists the cases, statutes, and other authorities cited in the document.

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      Patrick Kamau 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      lucy patrick, go ahead and try. It is so easy and yet useful when you are woking with a document that needs a footnote or endnote. Thanks for the visit and comment.

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      lucy patrick 5 years ago

      i have never used footnote and endnote i will try to use them thank for educating us teacher patkay.