Edit MLA format in Microsoft Word 2010

Posted on 2011-04-19
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Is there a way to modify the way Word 2010 formats MLA sytle in documents?  Some professors want to tweak the way MLA displays, but I don't see a way to make these adjustments.  Programs like Endnote let you modify the way the style is displayed.  Is there something similar in Word?
Question by:jimfikes
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    Expert Comment

    To add a citation after a quote:

    1.In your Word document, click on the References tab in the Ribbon.
    2.In the Citations & Bibliography group, click the arrow next to Style.
    3.Click the style that you want to use for the citation and source.
    4.Click at the end of the sentence or phrase that you want to cite.
    5.Click Insert Citation and then select Add New Source.
    6.Type in the citation details and then click OK.
    When you've completed these steps, the citation is added to the Insert Citation button, so the next time you quote this reference, you don't have to type it all out again.


    Author Comment

    I know how to insert citations an use the reference tools.  What I do not how is how to change the default settings so I can customize how the citations and/or bibliography display. Is there a way to change the default settings?
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    Accepted Solution

    Try BibWord from

    Works great with Word 2007. Should work with Word 2010 too. Follow the simple instructions in the link above.

    Author Closing Comment

    The link to bibword does show me that I need to go in and edit the styles files for Word.  It site shows me where to find these files for Word 2010.   The answer tells me that I will need to be able to edit the XML files in the Word styles folder.  This answers my question.

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