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Word Bibliography Import Bibtex

It is fairly common for citations to be incomplete (lacking a field that a given citation style expects) or simply missing required punctuation. Check over the BibTeX file before importing citations into RefWorks. If you find an incorrectly formatted reference, it is usually simpler to correct errors in the original unformatted reference and and convert it again using MakeBib than to make the correction in the BibTeX file or in RefWorks.

For example, consider this reference in APA format:

Bolliger, D. U., Supanakorn, S., & Boggs, C. (2010). Impact of podcasting on student motivation in the online learning environment Computers & Education, 55(2), 714-722.

MakeBib will incorrectly process it as a book:

@comment{ Bolliger, D. U., Supanakorn, S., & Boggs, C. (2010). Impact of podcasting on student motivation in the online learning environment Computers & Education, 55(2), 714-722. } @book{bolliger2010impact, author = "Bolliger, D. U. and Supanakorn, S. and Boggs, C.", title = "Impact of podcasting on student motivation in the online learning environment {Computers} & {Education}, 55(2)", publisher = "714-722", year = 2010 }

By simply adding a period between the article title and the journal title, MakeBib this time correctly processes it as a journal article.

@comment{ Bolliger, D. U., Supanakorn, S., & Boggs, C. (2010). Impact of podcasting on student motivation in the online learning environment. Computers & Education, 55(2), 714-722. } @article{bolliger2010impact, author = "Bolliger, D. U. and Supanakorn, S. and Boggs, C.", title = "Impact of podcasting on student motivation in the online learning environment", journal = "Computers & Education", volume = "55", number = "2", pages = "714--722", year = 2010 }

BibTeX is reference management software for formatting lists of references. It makes it easy to cite sources in a consistent manner. However, BibTex is typically used together with the LaTeX document preparation system.

On the other hand, Microsoft Word is still the most commonly used text editor and used in the group to share documents. Thus, I use BibTex to manage the bibliography and use MS Word to write documents.
One of the most famous reference manager software integrated in Word is EndNot, but unfortunately it is a very expensive and not open-source software. In Windows OS, there is a awesome plug-in called “Bib4Word”, but it is not usable in Max OS.

This post will describe how to use BibTex in MS Word in Mac for free.

To organize BibTex, I am using JabRef, which is an open-source and free reference manager. Please follow the following steps:

  1. In JabRef, export the bibliography in MS Word 2008 xml format
  2. Name the file (case sensitive)
  3. In Mac OS with MS Word 2015, go to .
  4. Rename the original file to
  5. Copy the generated in this folder
  6. Restart MS Word.

Now you can choose citations from the list.

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