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With mid-terms, exams, and most importantly, final papers coming up, I wanted to drill into some of the capabilities that might help student readers with their workloads. Citations, equations, and the like saw some pretty cool changes in 2007.
The References Tab of the ribbon is kind of like a one stop shop for any true academic.
You can see that everything lives here from the ability to quickly create a table of contents to putting in citations. I know that when I was in college, the biggest pain for me was going back and writing up citations. I would spend weeks putting together a paper and finish up that conclusion only to realize that I needed to go back and painstakingly create my bibliography. Now, while some students may have been more organized than me and diligently kept their list running as they worked, our functionality saves them time too. So in this post we are going to talk about what we can do here and how to really make one heck of a bibliography.
Obviously we want to insert our citations as we write that paper, but a quick way to drop from an A to an A- is to get the style wrong. We take care of that though, because we automatically provide the fields that you want for a particular style. So, for example, social sciences usually use the MLA or APA style. Word provides you with a pretty extensive list here so it should cover almost all needs. Once the style is chosen, all we need to do is click at the end of the sentence in the document where we want to add a citation. Once we have selected where want our information to go, all we have to do is click the "Insert Citation" drop down. In this case, we will want to add a new source.
Clicking on add a new source will launch what is essentially a template that is dictated by the style we chose earlier and the type of citation we want to have. So for example, below is the information we would need to provide if I wanted to cite a website using the APA style.
Once I have filled in this information, I just click OK, and the citation is in place. Ah, but where does it go you might ask? Well, this is the part that I find to be so very cool. As I write my paper, all of the citations that I have been inputting are stored in this awesome tool called the source manager which can be accessed by clicking "Manage Sources". This means that instead of my list of books I have been pouring over going into the ether I call index cards, all of my work is stored in one little handy database. Enter incredible time savings.
I've finished my paper and input my information as I've gone along. I know that everything I have been working on is stored in my source manager is safe and sound and ready to be put to good use. Well, all I need to do is click the "Bibliography" drop-down and choose whether I want a bibliography or works cited. Word will then pull the information that you have in your current list and auto generate the information you need into a formatted bibliography (or works cited). It really is that easy.
There are some really cool power features that I didn't dive into that live in the source manager like the ability to keep a master list (great for students working on papers that often pull from common books or articles) and the ability to search my running bibliography or even preview a particular citation. Anyway, because this is certainly going to save time and headaches, make sure to buy Jon or myself a drink if we are ever on your campus.
What about "Harvard" style references? Lost of places insist you use them but Word doesn't support them by default. Why not?
When will it? Simon Jones
PC Pro Magazine
Looks good, but the thing thats missing is an easy way of importing citations. Every paper I find on the internet usually has a citation file, which makes it really easy to just import the files into reference manager or endnote. Something I dont see here?
please. It's a nice feature of course, and it will save some, or even a lot of time. But the way Microsoft is talking about itself, so full of everything it has done, is really starting to irritate me so much I wanted to stop reading this article (I kept reading cause i wanted to know how to do it;)). This of course means I might need a good night of rest and stuff, but this isn't the first time I'm letting Microsoft annoy me because of their attitude. You guys are not God, ok? I didn't want to offend anyone. Take it as PR-advice, if you wish. I know it's offtopic, sorry 'bout your commentspace. Now all, have a good day:)
Do we have similar feature in Power Point 2007?
I'm a law student and it would be great if there was a way to create your own custom reference system so that I could just set up fields for the ALWD citation system instead of having to wait for Word 2008 or something.
I have just returned for Grad school and found the new tools in Word '07 to be great. Really very effective. One note, you may have a follow up blog on how to backup and transfer your sources database from one computer to the next. Being someone that generally reloads my computer 1-2 times per year, it would be helpful to carry those things over when needed.
This feature is completely useless to me unless I have the ability to define my own style or alter the one's that already have been defined. There are simply to many variations.
I am frankly considering letting go of Microsoft Word 2007 all together. I will either continue to use the previous versions until they are no longer supported, or just use competitors' products. I don't even seem to know where to find the simplest task. What made Microsoft think that people wanted this nonsense menu? Are we going to sit down and start learning how to use Word 2007 when we should be working? Forget it. I'm not gonna use it. The trial version was enough to give me a headache.
can you import Endnote references? All my refs are currently through Endnote 9.0
the Turabian citation doesn't work for me. it's just the same as the MLA.
I wonder how many students actually know that this tool exists. I also find it amazing how many people complain about the new ribbonized version of Office... but I digress. Frankly, back when I was majoring in Lit, I would have killed for a citation form like this! With all the ridiculous "style guides," and the snooty professors who required them, it took longer to find a sample citation reference than it did to actually write the paper itself...
i've already done thousands of references on endnote X. is it possible to import them all?
This feature is great but our school requires Harvard. I've been using Endnote. Anyway we can add Harvard format?
I would like to create a custom web service which provides bibliographic data from our Document Management System (DMS). My preferred program language is C#. Is there a SDK or other example code available? Kinds regards. >>Searching for Sources >>Finally, Word provides the ability to search >>an external library through the Research and >>Reference pane, introduced in Word 2003. >>We've created a platform for any library to >>host a service that sends bibliographic data >>to Word. This means that instead of ever >>filling out the Create New Source form, you >>can search external collections for data and >>import it with one click.
I can't stand the fact that I can't get Endnote 9.0 to work with Office 2007. I had to get 2007 when my hard drive crashed. I already have a library of bibliographic data saved on Endnote 9.0 but can't get the damn program to work with 2007 (it worked very nicely with previous versions). Yeah it's great Microsoft added their own Endnote to 2007, but what about those of us who already have an Endnote library? With Office 2007 and Vista I've found myself questioning Microsoft's needless changes under the cliche: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."