How do I create my bibliography using the Microsoft Word Referencing tool?

Once you have added your sources and citations into your work (see How do I insert a citation using the Microsoft Word Referencing tool?), you can generate a bibliography; this is a list at the end of your assignment that has the full information for all the resources you have cited.

1. Place the cursor at the end of your document where you want your bibliography to appear (you could start a new page by going to Insert > Page Break if required).

2. Go to the References tab and click on Bibliography.

Citations & Bibliography section with Bibliography highlighted

3. Choose which title you would like from the three options (Bibliography / References / Works Cited).

4. You will now see a bibliography, in alphabetical order, that contains all the sources you have added to this document.

A finished bibliography using MS Word

5. In order to ensure your references follow the Leeds Beckett Harvard guidelines, the only thing you will need to do is to manually add brackets around the date for each entry in the bibliography and remove the proceeding comma and full-stop after. For example:

Greetham, B., 2018. How to write better essays. 4th ed. London: Palgrave.

Would be amended to:

Greetham, B. (2018) How to write better essays. 4th ed. London: Palgrave.

6. If you need to add a new citation after you’ve added your bibliography, follow the steps in How do I insert a citation using the Microsoft Word Referencing tool? and then click into the bibliography and choose Update Citations and Bibliography.

Update Citations and Bibliography option highlighted

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