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Chicago Manual of Style Formatting Guide for Microsoft Word: Bibliography

This guide provides a step by step overview of how to set up documents for Chicago style in Microsoft Word. The guide also reviews the tools available in Microsoft Word and how they might be useful in a student's paper.

How to Use the Citation Tool in Microsoft Word to Create a Blblioography

An especially helpful tool found in Microsoft Word is the built-in citation manager. This tool will help you to correctly cite sources as well as organize them, ensuring that Footnotes and Bibliography citations match up. To create a bibliography using this tool:

1. Click on the References tab.


2. To change the style to Chicago, go to the “Citations & Bibliography” section under the “References” tab. Click the arrow next to style and scroll down until you find Chicago. 


3. Click on “Manage Sources”. 


4. Select “New” and type in your source information.


5. Any source needed in your bibliography should be in your “Current List."


6. To move a source to the “Current List” from the “Master List,” click on the source you wish to move and hit “Copy”


7. Once you have all the sources you need, exit out of the window. Scroll to the bottom of your document, and add a blank page. 


8. With your cursor on the blank page, click the arrow next to “Bibliography” and then select bibliography.


NOTE: Remember to change the font and spacing! 

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