Most folks in academia know that footnotes and bibliographies are very closely related. One would think then, that there would be an easy way to create one from the other in MS Word. Not so!
There simply is no built in way to accomplish this task in Word. There is however, a manual work around to help you accomplish this.
Follow the steps below to learn how:
- Make a copy of your document.
- Open the copy you made above.
- Convert all your footnotes to endnotes.
- Position your cursor just before your first endnote (the text, not the reference).
- Scroll to the end of your endnotes so you can see the last one on your Word screen.
- Hold down the Shift key and click at the end of your last endnote.
All the endnotes in your document should now be selected.
- Click CTRL + C to copy your endnotes to the Clipboard.
- Open a new blank document and paste (CTRL + V) your endnotes to the new document. You now have a document that has nothing but endnotes in it.
- Sort the paragraphs alphabetically.
- Work your way through all your endnotes, deleting all the text and references you do not need in your bibliography.
- Arrange and format to your liking.
You now have a bibliography that you have manually created. It may be a bit clunky but it works!