Using MS Word References Tab:

The “References” tab in Microsoft Word is a section of the ribbon that contains tools and features related to managing and formatting citations, creating a table of contents, adding footnotes and endnotes, and managing captions for figures and tables. 
Table of Contents - Footnotes and Endnotes - Citations and Bibliography - key features available in the References tab
MS Word References Tab

Here’s a brief overview of the key features available in the “References” tab:

1. Table of Contents:

Table of Contents: Allows you to insert a table of contents based on the headings in your document. You can choose from different styles and formats.

2. Footnotes and Endnotes:

Insert Footnote/Endnote: Adds a footnote or endnote at the cursor’s location. Footnotes appear at the bottom of the page, while endnotes are placed at the end of the document.
Next Footnote/Endnote: Navigates to the next footnote or endnote in the document.
Convert to Footnote/Endnote: Converts selected text to a footnote or endnote.

3. Citations and Bibliography:

Insert Citation: Helps you add citations to your document using a specific citation style (e.g., APA, MLA). You can manage your sources and create a bibliography.
Manage Sources: Opens the “Source Manager,” where you can add, edit, and manage your sources for citations.
Style: Allows you to change the citation style for your document.
Bibliography: Inserts a bibliography at the cursor’s location based on your cited sources.

4. Captions:

Insert Caption: Adds a caption to selected items such as tables, figures, or equations.
Cross-reference: Enables you to cross-reference captions in your document. For example, you can refer to a figure by its number.

5. Indexes:

Mark Entry: Marks selected text to be included in an index. This is useful for creating an alphabetical list of terms with page numbers.
Insert Index: Inserts an index at the cursor’s location based on the marked entries in the document.

6. Table of Authorities:

Mark Citation: Marks selected text as a citation to be included in a table of authorities.
Insert Table of Authorities: Inserts a table of authorities at the cursor’s location.

7. Mailings (for Mail Merge):

Mail Merge: Accesses the Mail Merge feature, which is used for creating personalized documents, such as letters or envelopes.
These features in the “References” tab are particularly useful for academic and professional documents where proper citation, referencing, and document organization are essential. They help streamline the process of managing sources, creating tables of contents, and maintaining consistency in document formatting.