Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Citation Management Software: Citations using Microsoft Office 2013

A look at some free tools to manage your information sources.


While Word does have a built-in citation tool, it is not as robust as other citation software.  It will produce decent citations for basic sources in APA (e.g., books, article, websites) but more complex sources (e.g., conference proceedings, journal articles, images) or styles (e.g., IEEE) are often incorrect and very difficult to edit.

Why Use Microsoft Word?

Microsoft Word provides a basic citation management system. 


  • You do not have to learn additional software or load plug-ins
  • Provides in-text and bibliography formatting
  • Stores citation information for use in future documents



  • You cannot annotate or highlight documents so no added value
  • No collaboration or sharing features for work with others
  • No tagging or searching of citations which limits ability to find resources in large list

Getting Started with Microsoft Word Citations

chat loading...