I have Office 365 and in Microsoft Word which is updated to the latest edition. I could manually enter inline citations, but for speed and ease of citing, I have elected to use the automatic citation generator.
I need to cite in the APA 7th edition style. However, I have noticed that when using the automatic citation generator, the correct APA citation is not provided in a couple of situations; and maybe more issues may come to light as I move forward.
One situation is that when, let's say you have a citation with say 4 authors, the inline citation will mention all 4 authors followed by the year, when it should mention the first author surname followed by et al.
For example, Word will cite
(Okami, Olmstead, Abramson, & Pendleton, 1998)
(Okami et al., 1998)
There is also a known bug where if you have multiple citations from the same author, the citation generator fills in the publication title when it's not supposed to.
The Microsoft website provides a workaround for the meantime on the incorrect addition of the publication title, but has not been very helpful in dealing with other issues.
It says on the link above
Important: APA and MLA can change their formats, so you’ll want to ensure that these format versions meet your requirements. You can create your own updated version of a style or build custom styles. For more information see Bibliography & Citations 102 – Building Custom styles.
but the link is dead.
Is there a more reliable style I can download and use in Word? If not, how can I edit the current APA style to correct the issues or create a custom version?