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Editing citation styles

What is Citation Style Editor?

The Citation Style Editor allows you to create custom output styles by either creating a completely new style or modifying an existing output style to suit your needs.

An Output Style is any combination of in-text citations, notes (footnote or endnote) and a bibliography.  You have to set up each section that is appropriate for your desired output.  You can also take an existing output style and add formatting for specific languages, which is very useful if you will have a multi-language bibliography

There are two major components to every output style –

  • Settings:  There are settings for the Bibliography, the In-Text Citations and the Notes that determine line spacing, headings, sort order, etc.  You determine the settings for each area as necessary.

  • Reference Type Definitions:  Each of the three areas (Bibliography, In-Text Citations and Notes) can have defined reference types where you decide exactly which fields of information are used, the order of the fields, as well as any punctuation, spacing and text attributes for every reference type you need to have for your final output (i.e., a book, a journal, a web page, a dissertation, etc.).

Editing an existing citation style

You can edit an existing style by clicking Create Bibliography ("tipsy" icon ) > Citation Style Editor.

1. Search the list for a style you wish to edit.

2. In edit -view, you can rename the style by clicking the name of the style in the upper part of the page.

3. You can edit the information shown on a citation from the + -button on the right side of the page and alter the order of the information boxes by dragging them around.

4. You can also edit the contents of the boxes by clicking the + icon in front of them.

5. You can change the type of the reference from Reference Type.

6. When you're finished, click Save a copy. The new style can now be found in your My custom styles menu.


Help video - Editing Citation Styles in RefWorks