A wonderful citation manager was introduced in Microsoft Word 2007 (found on the ‘Reference’ tab, see below).
It allows one to add sources to a paper or report as it is being typed in a nearly automated fashion and will then compile your reference list too. For me, it’s been a godsend; I like writing papers (well enough, anyway) but get annoyed when ‘minor’ details, like what referencing styles should be used, start taking up major time. Great as it is, the one problem that remained was Word was limited to a few built-in styles; if the required style wasn’t on the list, you were just out of luck. Well, it turns out that the Word system is actually quite extendable. The open source project BibWord has provided a framework to quickly add new styles and has generated a number of new ones. Based on that work, I here present my version of the TRB reference style based on their Guide for Authors (PDF).
In-text references are numeric, based on reference order.
Repeated references reuse the original number.
… Different pedestrian behaviour is associated not only with different physical characteristics but also the differing purpose of pedestrians (1, 2). Studies have been carried out for crowds associated with transportation systems (3, 4, 5), sporting and general spectator occasions (6), holy sites (7, 8), political demonstrations (9), and fire escapes (10).
The bibliography output is as follows:
Polus, A., J.L. Schofer, and A. Ushpi. Pedestrian flow and level of service. Journal of Transportation Engineering Proceedings, ASCE, Vol. 109, 1983, pp. 46-57.
Toshiyuki, A. Prediction system of passenger flow, in Engineering for Crowd Safety, Smith, R.A., and J.F. Dickie. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 1993, pp. 249-258.
Smith, R.A., and J.F. Dickie. Engineering for Crowd Safety. Amsterdam, 1993.
Tanaka, T. A study for performance based design of means of escape in fire, in Fire Safety Science — Proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium, Cox, G., and B. Langford. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 1991, pp. 729-738.
Wikipedia contributors. List of metro systems. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, June 17, 2010. http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=List_of_metro_systems&oldid=368658114. Accessed June 17, 2010.
To use this, download the file below and place it in the
<winword.exe directory>\Bibliography\Style directory. Reopen Word and it should show up in the list of available styles as “TRB [Minchin.ca]”. This remains a work in progress, and so if you find this useful or find something that needs to be corrected, please contact me!
Download: TRB Bibliography format for Word 2007/2010 (right-click and select “Save Link As…”)
Update (August 8, 2016)
It would appear that changes made in recent version of Word (Word 2016, at least) have broken this. The format appears to be similar, but I haven’t (yet) had time to investigate what’s changed.
So, for now, this sadly doesn’t work with Word 2016.
Update 2 (August 30, 2017)
An updated version has been provided by a blog reader, Maggie McNamara, that will work with Word 2013 and 2016! Thanks so much Maggie!