For those of you who don’t know, Jabrefis an open-source, Java based reference manager that allows you to import citations from a number of sources, in a number of formats, and works natively in Bibtex format, the bibliography format of LaTeX. I’ve been using it extensively in my PhD but only recently have I noticed that you can now directly export the list of references in Jabref directly into a Word 2007 XML format for import into Word’s own reference manager. It’s pretty easy to do but there are a few steps involved.
1. Click File->Export
2. Select MS Office 2007 XML and save file
Once the XML file has been created, you can import any one of the references in the following manner, within Word 2007:
1. Go into the References tab, and select Manage Sources from the menu
2. In the Source Manager dialog box that pops up, click Browse on the left hand side
3. Select the XML file you saved via Jabref, and the references should appear in the ‘Master List’ on the left hand side of the dialog.
4. You can then select any one (or all) of the references in the Master list and by pressing the ‘Copy->’ button the selected references are moved into the ‘Current List’ from which you can use the cite as you write functionality in Word 2007. Any references in this Current List are then written in the bibliography, which you can create by choosing from one of the styles in the Bibliography drop-down in the References tab.
This supersedes an earlier program I posted which did a similar thing.
Before you can add a citation, a works cited list, or a bibliography, you must add a source to your document. A works cited list is a list of sources, usually placed at the end of a document, that you referred to (or "cited") in the document. A works cited list is different from a bibliography, which is a list of sources that you consulted when you created the document. After you add sources, you can automatically generate a works cited list or a bibliography based on that source information. Each time that you create a new source, the source information is saved on your computer. You can use the Source Manager to find and reuse any source that you have created, even sources in other documents.
Citations are parenthetical references that are placed inline with the text. Citations are different from footnotes and endnotes, which are placed at the bottom of the page or end of the document. The source information stored in the Citations tool or Source Manager can be used to create citations, a works cited list, or a bibliography. However, you cannot use the information in the Citations tool or the Source Manager to create footnotes or endnotes.
For more information about templates for various styles, such as APA style, visit the Office for Mac templates web site.