Quality academic writing is built upon the work of others, to which we add our own unique analysis and contributions. Citations serve three major roles in scholarly work:
Of course, not all documents are "scholarly work" and thus not all documents need citations. But when they do, the tools in MSWord can aid you in creating a list of works consulted.
Again, many university libraries have recommendations for citation styles, but the general guidelines are pretty straightforward.
It's best not to assume which one is preferred; it's best to ask the individual who will read the paper to find out the style to use.
APA has been updated to the 7th edition, but the MSWord tool is still using the 6th edition. The differences in editions may be minor, but they may be enough to make APA in MSWord unusable for you.
The tool, however, can still generate a good bibliography for you, based on inline citations you create (even if the inline citations might have to be hand modified to reflect the current edition styles).
And then, when you are done, the list of citations can generate a formatted bibliography for you.
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