Adding a Reference to your paper with PERRLA for Word (Windows) is easy and only take a few seconds.
Which comes first, the Reference or Citation?
PERRLA for Word (Windows) is built so that you add References as you need them. You write something in your paper that needs to be cited, then you click the Create Citation button in the PERRLA Add-Ins menu. Then, you can choose whether you want to add an existing Reference from your Reference Database or create a new one right now; adding the Reference is part of the Citation creation process.
Here's the process as steps:
- Add/write text that needs to be cited
- Click Create Citation in the PERRLA menu (in Word Add-Ins menu-tab)
- Create a new Reference or select one from Reference Database
If you create a new Reference, it will be added to your paper once you complete the Reference Wizard. If you select an existing Reference, it will be added to your paper once you select it.
Creating a new Reference
This process starts by writing something that needs citing and then clicking Create Citation in the PERRLA menu. This will open the My References window where you can create a new Reference.
Create a new Reference by clicking New in the bottom right corner. This starts PERRLA's Reference Wizard. It will guide you through the process of creating a new Reference step by step.
Here's how it works:
- Choose a Reference type
- Fill in the Reference's information
- Enter the Citation information
That's it! Now you'll have a perfectly formatted Reference in your Reference section and a citation to match in the body of your paper.
Add an existing Reference
Adding a Reference that you created previously in PERRLA is easy. Just like above, you start off by clicking Create Citation after writing something you need to cite in your paper.
Here are the steps:
- Click Create Citation in the PERRLA menu
- Go to the My Reference Database tab (second tab)
- Select the Reference or References you wish to add to your paper
- Click Select in the bottom right corner
The Reference(s) you selected will be added to your paper and will now be listed on the My References tab. From here, you can create a new Citation for any of the References just like normal. Click the Reference you want to cite in the list, then click Select in the bottom right corner.