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Researcher in Word helps you research topics, find reliable sources, and add content with citations all within Word.

Note: Researcher for Word is only available if you have a Microsoft 365 subscription in the following languages: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Japanese.

Research and add content with citations

Researcher uses Bing to pull in the appropriate content from the web and provide structured, safe and credible information.

  1. Select Reference > Researcher.


  2. In the search box, type a keyword for the topic you're researching, and press Enter.

  3. Choose a topic in the Results pane.

    Or, select the plus sign in the upper right hand corner of on any result to begin an outline, add the result as a topic heading, and save a link to the result in a comment.

  4. Explore the text in the Results pane and select one of the following:

    • Add - to add only text to your document.

    • Add and Cite - to add text and also include a citation for the source.

    • See all images - to open the image gallery. Choose the plus sign to add the image to your document.

      Reseracher See all images, add text or add and cite text
  5. After you add text or image, you are prompted to update your bibliography. Select Update to automatically create or update your existing bibliography.

Edit citations

  • Select the citation and select Edit Citation from the drop-down..

    Edit Citations

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Editing citations

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