Citing Sources in Google Docs and Word Docs

The other day I sarcastically Tweeted, “can you imagine if we let students cite sources the way that ESPN lets reporters name anonymous sources?” My Tweet was in response to ESPN’s somewhat botched reporting of Tom Brady’s retirement from playing in the NFL. Tweeting that question did prompt me to dig up some tutorials on using the citation tools that are built into Word and into Google Docs. 

In this short video I demonstrate how to insert citations and create a bibliography in Microsoft Word documents.


Last fall Google updated the citation tool that is built into Google Docs. The current version now lets you search for books and online resources without having to leave Google Docs. In this short video I demonstrate how to use the built-in citation tool to cite a website.

Applications for Education

Any time I write blog posts or publish videos about tools like these I get emails from readers who like to point out that bibliography tools make it “too easy” or that there is some discrepancy between the tool and the latest minor update to MLA or APA. My point in getting middle school and high school students to use these tools is to help them build the habit of citing their sources. When they reach the point that they have a college professor who is a stickler for bibliography formats or they’re submitting research papers to journals then they can worry about the minutia of the bibliography standards of academic research papers


Thank You Readers for 14 Amazing Years!