February 9, 2013

I hate making bibliographies

Filed under: Blogging update — acagle @ 9:36 am

They are a bitch to format. Yes, I said ‘bitch’. Hate it. Because there are multiple indents. And Word just seems to toss in a format at random. So I’ll be merrily inserting references and then all of a sudden Word decides that everything in a reference ought to be indented. Well, no, that’s not what I want and not what I told you to do.

I miss WordPerfect and its wonderful Reveal Codes so you could actually see what it is doing and where and remove any stupid formatting markups.

The biggest chore will be to take numbered footnote references and convert them to endnote references. Oye.

That’s why I didn’t post yesterday, I was fighting with Word and swearing a lot.


  1. Word can reveal mark-up codes. Click on the little paragraph symbol, and you’ll see spaces, tabs, etc. (‘tho not italics and such — WP was better for that). But also, my suggestion for everyone who complains about formatting bibliographies: use BibTeX (with LaTeX). Soooooo much easier, particularly for long documents like books and dissertations. I use it for articles now too, though. There are style files you can download so that with just a couple keystrokes, you can change your article from, say, AJPA format to Current Anth format to American Antiquity format.

    Comment by Kristina Killgrove — February 9, 2013 @ 10:13 am

  2. You might give this product a try.
    It gives access to formatting codes but I don’t feel it’s as good as WP reveal codes.

    Comment by Stan Fuhrhop — February 10, 2013 @ 4:08 pm

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