How can I quickly and easily alphabetize my References list in Word?


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  1. Select all of the references on your page (do not select the heading on the page: References)
  2. On the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, click the Sort icon.
  3. In the Sort Text dialog box, under Sort by, click Paragraphs and Text, and then click either Ascending.

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  • Last Updated Jun 30, 2020
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  • Answered By Ashley Fyvie, Librarian

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  1. Whoever wrote this answer . I would like to thank you utterly and deeply. It's my last psychology essay in uni and I was exhausted as I had 9 pages worth of references ans this made my day. Thank you deeply kind stranger <3 Norah Z
    by Norah.Z on Apr 27, 2020
  2. Thank you so much for this. Saved me so much time.
    by Tanshi P on May 19, 2020
  3. I am in the last few months of my nursing doctoral program and literally considered dropping out thinking about the 106 references that need to be alphabetized. I randomly typed in "app to alphabetize reference list" fully expecting Pac-Man or Bart Simpson to appear....and got this... Thank you from the bottom of my heart...
    by Tee on May 31, 2020
  4. Saved me so much time! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
    by Ellie.O on Jun 13, 2020
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    by Silvia on Jun 26, 2020
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    by Eli on Aug 30, 2020
  8. Thank you very much! Really appreciate your answer
    by Dulitha R on Sep 09, 2020
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    by Lola on Sep 22, 2020
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    by Sylvia on Sep 30, 2020
  11. This is super useful. Thank you very much!
    by Connor L. on Oct 21, 2020
  12. Thank you so much for this. After three hours struggling with Mendeley and word, and searching how to organise a huge reference list, your solution got me sortd in under 5 minutes.
    by karen on Sep 07, 2021
  13. Thank you so much. Just knew about this amazing advice - just in time for my dissertation. I wish I had known about this much earlier to save my hours of sorting hundreds of reference pages. ;-)
    by Trang on Sep 27, 2022
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