How do I Create Custom Bibliography Styles and Types of Sources for Use in Microsoft Word 2016? RRS feed

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  • I am using Word 2016 (Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus) on Windows 10 to write essays for my various classes. Currently, this program supports MLA Seventh Edition, but not MLA Eighth Edition (which is required) under the Bibliography Style drop-down in the References tab of the Ribbon menu. Additionally, one of the sources I need to cite is a "selection from an anthology" which is not a Type of Source that is available when creating a source using the Source Manager. So far as I can tell there is no way to add types of sources or bibliography styles using the Word 2016 user interface, which would be preferable.

    What I hope to do is create a .XSL file to add these options myself using XML. I am not looking for someone to do this for me, but rather to find the documentation needed to learn to write such a file myself. Is there is a better or more efficient method of adding this functionality? If so, I'd love to learn that as well.

    Thank you in advance for your consideration :)

    Thursday, February 8, 2018 10:59 PM

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  • try easy bib

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    Thursday, February 8, 2018 11:36 PM
  • Thank you, but that is not quite what I am looking for. I am aware that there are a variety of third party tools to achieve similar effect. I even have access to the manual for MLA Eighth Edition, and could generate the proper citation by hand. That said, and as mentioned above, this question is about adding functionality to Microsoft Word 2016. I know that there are tools and documentation for doing this (I've seen posts involving others who have done it), but I have not found anything like a "how-to" document or any form of documentation for XML as it specifically relates to Word.

    In short, "How do I create custom Bibliography Styles and Types of Sources for use in Microsoft Word 2016?"

    Friday, February 9, 2018 12:39 AM
  • Other websites led me to believe that you couldn't, so I had just gotten started creating my own add-in for Word in C# when I found this:

    I am doing the same thing. I have just made a copy of the MLA 7th edition XSL file that's there and will modify it to create an MLA 8th edition version that will (hopefully) work in Word. When and if I get done, I'll post a link to it here, as well as instructions on what to do with it.
    Friday, October 5, 2018 12:31 PM