• What does Word 2010 offer for reference management?

    by  • June 5, 2010 • bibword, jabref, word 2010 • 3 Comments

    I’ve been having a bit of a play with Word 2010 since its release on MSDN to see if any improvements have been made in the area of reference management. Unfortunately it seems not a great deal has changed. So, instead, here’s a feature wish-list and how you can get by currently on some of the points by using Word (both Word 2007 and Word 2010) and some third party tools for all your referencing and citation needs:

    1. Support for citing as parenthesised and non-parenthesized references like in LaTeX. Unfortunately Word only supports the former, which is fine when citing references numerically, but it does not provide the flexibility which is important for Harvard author, date referencing. There is no automatic workaround that I am aware of to assist in this.
    2. Search and import citations into the Source Manager via common Internet repositories such as ieeexplore, citeseer, Google Scholar etc, or provide a mechanism by which this functionality can be plugged in. I’m currently using JabRef as my reference manager which provides a search of these libraries.
    3. A larger selection of bibliographic styles provided out of the box. In the meantime, BibWord, available on Codeplex, has a number of alternative bibliographic styles, including variations of Harvard style referencing.
    4. Make it easier to cite multiple authors within the text. Currently, the process is a little clunky.
    5. Import other bibliographic formats natively. I use JabRef as a middleman to store citations as it is able to deal with citations in a number of formats (Endnote, .ris, .bib etc). I then export the JabRef library into a Word 2007 XML bibliography. See my article on how to export a bib using Jabref into XML format in order to read it into Office 2007/2010.
    6. Offer a search when inserting citations so if an author/author tag or some other information about the reference  is known, you can filter the list without having to scroll through a (potentially long) list of citations.
    7. Sort the performance issues when rendering extremely large reference lists. To mitigate any performance issues you can export just the citations you need to Office XML format (see 5.) from within Jabref, rather than your entire library.


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    3 Responses to What does Word 2010 offer for reference management?

    1. Kristen
      May 22, 2012 at 7:20 pm

      Hi Paul
      You probably know about this already, but if not, I was just able to integrate BibTeX with Word 2010 using the instructions on this site: http://www.ee.ic.ac.uk/hp/staff/dmb/perl/b4w_install.html.

    2. Viv
      May 31, 2012 at 3:07 pm

      Hi Paul: I have just got into using the MS citation system and from reading your blog above it seems that there are limitations when using the Harvard system. The main issue I am traying to figure out is why Word will not include all of the authors that are in a citation. i.e Balogun, J. and Hop-Hailey, V. (2004) will always show as (balogun 2004)? I then have to manually amend the text. Is there a trick to getting word to put in the full author(s) names, not just the first?

    3. June 8, 2012 at 11:06 pm

      have mw 2010 , using RM can’t figure how to get entries from listings to document. Can you offer any help?

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