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The main goal of this project is to collect and maintain a number of bibliography styles which can be used by Microsoft Word 2007 and later. Most styles are either created using BibWord or derived from the styles which come with Microsoft Word.

Each family of styles comes with its own release page. Whenever bugs are fixed or new types are added, the same release gets updated.

Everybody who wants to submit a style can do so by contacting one of the project coordinators. The only requirement for putting a style on the project page, is that you release your style under the MIT license. That basically allows people to do whatever they want with your style as long as they give you credit for it.

Supported styles

The following list contains an overview of the current set of styles:


You can download a zip file containing all styles from here.

Installation on Windows (Word 2007/2010/2013)

To use the bibliography styles, they have to be copied into the Microsoft Word bibliography style directory. This directory can vary depending on where Word is installed:
Word 2007
    <winword.exe directory>\Bibliography\Style
On most 32-bits machines with Microsoft Word 2007 this will be:

    %programfiles%\Microsoft Office\Office12\Bibliography\Style
Once the styles are copied to the directory, they will show up every time Microsoft Word is opened.
Word 2010
    <winword.exe directory>\Bibliography\Style
On most 32-bits machines with Microsoft Word 2010 this will be:

    %programfiles%\Microsoft Office\Office14\Bibliography\Style
Once the styles are copied to the directory, they will show up every time Microsoft Word is opened.
Word 2013
    <user directory>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Bibliography\Style
On most machines with Micrososft Word 2013 this will be:

Once the styles are copied to the directory, they will show up every time Microsoft Word is opened.
Word 365
    %AppData%\Microsoft\Templates\LiveContent\15\Managed\Word Document Bibliography Styles
Once the styles are copied to the directory, they will show up every time Microsoft Word is opened.

Remark: the types.xml included with the stylesheets should be used in combination with BibType to create some extra fields for the different types.

Installation for Word 2008 or 2011 for Mac

To use the bibliography styles, right-click on Microsoft Word 2008 and select show package contents. Put the files in:

On most Macs with Microsoft Word 2008 this will be:

    /Applications/Microsoft Office 2008/Microsoft

Installation for Word 2016 for Mac (version 15.17.0 and up)

To use the bibliography styles, place them in the following folder



A number of frequently asked questions regarding the style linked from this page can be found here.

Last edited Dec 17, 2015 at 11:51 AM by Yves, version 30


av78 Nov 19, 2017 at 7:03 AM 
For Office 365 users...I found the above thread almost useless. But what I did do though was use some of the key words in the thread. I searched on my C drive for "Livecontent", and then found the correct path to that folder in my instance...and then followed the original thread, and pasted the file in there. It seems to have worked. Hope this helps others!

gloriamartinez Feb 14, 2017 at 2:54 PM 
Could someone upload the Vancouver style with SUBSCRIPTS, please?
The previous is obsolete and it is no longer accepted.
Thanks of Medicine, Nursing and other BioScience university careers.

Bill3 Oct 9, 2016 at 11:23 AM 
@ Tayla, the instructions here worked for me -

yoelgr Aug 13, 2016 at 10:04 PM 
I am not managing to make this work in any way. I have Word 2016 version 16.0.4266.1001 64 bit version. I have downloaded it to the roaming directory (User\Me\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Bibliography\Styles). Just in case, I also downloaded it to the Office 16 stylesheets in program files. But nothing seems to show up any way I try.
Any help out there?

joshuacampana Nov 8, 2015 at 3:48 PM 
Hello! Downloaded, installed. Word spotted all of them, except the MHRA, which it calls "unknown". I haven't tampered with any of them - just copied and pasted them all across straight. Any ideas?

Thanks :)

hhamida Apr 14, 2015 at 4:27 PM 
Hi, i do really need to add OSCOLA referencing style to my word software in my Mac. can someone help me please.

Tayla Mar 25, 2015 at 5:53 PM 
PLEASE HELP!!!!! I am working on a MAC , i downloaded the Vancouver style from here and copied it to resources/styles like this site instructs. ----- When in the word document it allows me to select Vancouver on my in text referencing, but when trying to insert a bibliography it does not even give me the option to select Vancouver and therefore I cannot insert a bibliography, I even tried deleting the other styles that I did not need and this did not help. It did not even remove them from the bibliography options.

Please help

lola82 Mar 15, 2015 at 7:23 PM 
Amazing support for Harvard style referencing. Thank you

crockeruha Sep 25, 2014 at 9:15 PM 
I loaded all of the files into the style directory and all of them show up in MS Word 2013 except MHRA.
What am I doing wrong?

matsad Apr 4, 2014 at 3:53 PM 
I am grateful for this software and have my students use it for citations when they write chemistry research papers. A very minor request is to change "American Medical Society (ACS)" to "American Chemical Society (ACS)" in the description at the top of this page. Thanks!

michael1231997 Jan 3, 2014 at 2:09 PM 
This site is a waste of time, it did not help me in the slightest. Does not tell you how to bring up the codes so whats the point, I'm trying to add a style referencing for my college work and this site just wasted my time. So Thanks Alot

denpepper Nov 11, 2013 at 10:57 AM 
I am using Word 2013 on Windows 8 and trying to insert MHRA styles but in spite of adding them to the folder as recommended the MHRA style does not show up on the Word Reference page. Please advise.

sinaghobadi Jul 4, 2013 at 6:01 AM 
Hi . for more than 3 days,i am looking for a citation style(Specially XSL) which when the authors are more than 2 people, shows the citation with " et al " .for example: (Grant et al, 1999)
I also used all the styles which presented in this page , but none of them was the appropriate.I am in a greaaaaat need of that.
PLZZZZZZZ someone help email addres is :

benyovszkym May 1, 2011 at 9:32 PM 
I had to rename the files to 8.3 format. Word cannot import them in the original naming. (Eg. IEEERef.XSL in the C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14\Bibliography\Style directory)

curious_ee Apr 23, 2011 at 6:43 AM 
I am having the same problem as colmoleary. I have downloaded the file into the correct directory, but the file is locked. How do I unlock it? Thanks!

colmoleary Mar 27, 2011 at 5:25 PM 
I can download, but the file is locked and so Word does not recognise it! Tried to unlock it but it doesn't work. ANy ideas?

sbdeepak Jun 12, 2010 at 1:37 AM 
WOW!!! I really wanted to put this comment and share this with people who are seeking Harvard style of referencing. So signed in. I must tell, this is amazing, I just downloaded and saved the file in the MS word folder and it works just like the way I wanted it. Thank you SO MUCH..