No LaTeX, never fret

So you're writing a paper with citations and you're wishing you had LaTeX's beautiful self-referencing ability to your list of references. However, for whatever reason, you're stuck using Microsoft Word. And clicking through Insert->Reference->Cross-reference..., then scroll to find your article, and set to paragraph number, etc. has got you really down.

Bet you didn't know about field codes. Instead, just put your cursor in your citation brackets (or whatever you use), press -F9, and then REF NameYear \n.

... demonstrated in on an airship [{REF Turner02 \n}].

The \n specifies that you want the paragraph number of the reference, which equates to the ordered-list number. Later, in your references section, you will Insert->Bookmark and properly name your citations (again, I use NameYear). You then need to hit Alt-F9 turn 'hide' all the field codes in your doc and update and they'll all be linked.

It's not pretty, it's not LaTeX (not that LaTeX is pretty either), but it works.

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Andrew Turner is an advocate of open standards and open data. He is actively involved in many organizations developing and supporting open standards, including OpenStreetMap, Open Geospatial Consortium, Open Web Foundation, OSGeo, and the World Wide Web Consortium. He co-founded CrisisCommons, a community of volunteers that, in coordination with government agencies and disaster response groups, build technology tools to help people in need during and after a crisis such as an earthquake, tsunami, tornado, hurricane, flood, or wildfire.