Citing Sources in Google Docs

How to Create Citations and Bibliography in Google DocsDid you know you can EASILY cite sources without ever leaving Google Docs? Yep! It’s so easy!

This is just one of those amazing features of Google Docs that you have to see! This may be old news to you, but just in case, I feel that it’s my mission to make sure everyone knows that citations are built into Google Docs.

I share this tip often during presentations, and just talking about it doesn’t do it justice. You have to try it! When I demo this feature, it never fails to get some jaw drops with some ooooohs and aaaaahs!

Oh, and did I mention that Google Docs will save all of your sources so you can insert a bibliography in one click!???

Create a Citation in Google Docs

Here’s a quick video tutorial to walk you through each step:

Using the citation tool in Google Docs, students can insert parenthetical citations, save sources, and insert a bibliography.

1. Go to Tools>Citations

2. From the drop-down menu, select MLA, APA, or Chicago style formatting.

3. Then click on the “+” sign to add a source.

4. Select your citation source type and how it was accessed, then enter the required citation information.

5. Click Add citation source

How to Create Citations and Bibliography in Google Docs

Insert an In-Text Citation

1. In the text of your document, place your cursor where you want the citation to appear.

2. In the Citations sidebar, hover over the source you want to cite.

3. A Cite button appears on the side of the citation source.

4. Click Cite.

5. The source appears in your selected style within the text of your document.

6. If a “#” appears in the text of your document, delete it or replace it with the page

Create a Bibliography in Google Docs

1. In your document, place your cursor where you want the bibliography to appear.

2. In the Citations sidebar at the bottom, click Insert bibliography.

3. A bibliography appears in your selected style.

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