How to create a multi-source citation

Word 365
When you work with article, thesis, report and other documents, you may need to create a multi-source citation instead of simply joining several citations:
A multi-source citation in Word 2016   or   A multi-source citation in Word 2016

To add a multi-source citation (see How to create a citation), you can do one of the following:

   1.   Add a citation in the document:

   1.1.   After filling citations in the document, you can add any of them on the References tab, in the Citations & Bibliography group, click the Insert Citation button:

Insert Citation in Word 2016

   1.2.   Choose the citation from the Insert Citation drop-down list:

Drop-down list of Citations in Word 2016

   1.3.   Select the added citation and just choose any other citation from the Insert Citation drop-down list.

   2.   Add a field in the document:

   2.1.   On the Insert tab, in the Text group, click the Quick Parts button and then select Fields...:

Field in Word 2016

In the Field dialog box, in the left side, select the Citation field in the Field names list:

Citation field in Word 2016

Type the following:

<Tag> \m <Tag 2>

Then, if it is necessary, type:

\m <Tag 3>


  1. You can see and change Tag name of the citation in the Edit Source dialog box:
    Edit Source in Word 2016
  2. Instead of adding the field from the ribbon, click Ctrl+F9 to insert the curly brackets, then enter the field text between them:
    Citation field in Word 2016

    Where A1, A2, A3 and A5 are the tag names of the citations,

    \m is a switch that adds another source to the same citation.

  3. Word does not support the concatenation of reference sequences in the way such as [1-3, 5].

See also this tip in French: Comment créer une citation multi-source.

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