Word – Creating references that are bracketed numbers, not citation

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I am writing up a report in Microsoft Word and I need to include references. However, the style I am writing in requires that the references be written like:

…which is why they decided to attack [5]. ….

and not

…which is why they decided to attack (The Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World, 1851)

However, Microsoft Word 2010 seems to offer no way to support this. I've searched everywhere I could and all tutorials show how to create either footnotes, or the second scenario presented above.

Please let me know whether it's possible for me to do what I am trying to.

Best Answer

I have figured out the answer.

The style of Reference page I would like to use is called IEEE. In the Citations and Bibliography section of the References tab, there is a menu for Style. If you select that, IEEE is one of the options.

IEEE Citation Style

So overall the steps are:

  1. Click Insert Citation > Add a New Source
  2. Enter the source into the wizard page.
  3. Click OK. Now your citation is in the list when you click "Insert Citation". Whenver you reach somewhere in the document where you want to refer to that reference, click Insert Citation and select it.
  4. When you are ready, generate a Bibliography by clicking Bibliography > Insert Bibliography.

NOTE: If you don't see the IEEE format as an option, you need to install it, as @Kesavan points out below. If the link he provided didn't work, go HERE, download styles.zip, unzip it, then copy all the .xsl files (each representing a different style) into the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office12\Bibliography\Style or equivalent on your machine.