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Reference management: References in Word

Do you want to move references between computers?

References in Word are stored on your computer's hard disk. If you want to work with them on another computer, follow these steps to find the file:

  • Type% APPDATA% into the Start menu search box
  • Click on to the folder Roaming > Microsoft > Bibliography
  • The references are saved in the XML file Sources 


References in Word

Microsoft Word has a simple built-in reference function at the References tab. Here you can manually enter references and refer to them in the text and create a bibliography in the most common styles (APA, Harvard, MLA, etc). The built-in function in Word is suitable if you have a limited number of references and if you don't need to have access to your references from multiple computers.

Screen capture of Microsoft Word


Insert citations and create bibliographies with Word References

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