Add citations to your document

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Tips

Adding citations and a bibliography to documents can be time-consuming. You can quickly add these right from Google Docs using your preferred citation format (MLA, APA, or Chicago).

Note: Some autogenerated text is not translated and remains in English, for example the Bibliography title.

Examples

  • Add your sources and in-line citations to your research, papers, proposals, projects, grants, and more.
  • Automatically add a bibliography based on your added sources.

Open the Citation tool""

  1. In Docs, open a document.
  2. Click Toolsand thenCitations.
  3. Select a formatting style.

Add a citation source""

  1. In the Citations sidebar, click + Add citation source.
  2. Select the source type and how you accessed the source.
  3. Enter the citation details. To add multiple contributors, click + Contributor.
  4. If a contributor is an organization rather than an individual, click Corporation/organization.
  5. Click Add citation source.

Add an in-text citation""

  1. In your document, place your cursor where you want the citation to appear.
  2. In the Citations sidebar, point to the source and click Cite.
  3. If # appears in your citation, replace it with the page number for your citation or delete it.

Edit a citation source""

  1. In the Citations sidebar, point to the source that you want to edit and click More ""and thenEdit.
  2. Edit any details and click Save source.

Delete a citation source""

In the Citations sidebar, point to the source that you want to delete and click More ""and thenDelete.

Add a bibliography""

  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
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