Monthly Archives: February 2012

Reading Log Template

Download our free reading log template.

Reading Log Template

Click to enlarge this preview of what the reading log looks like

Keeping a reading log for your child allows you to track and assess their progress. You can look back over the weeks and find out just how many hours of reading was really done.

The important pieces of information in any reading log are:

  • the student’s name
  • date – you need at least one date to orientate yourself. Otherwise, you might look at a child’s log and wonder whether it was for last week, last year, or evenĀ  five years ago!
  • the book title
  • how many pages (or even the page range that was read, if you want to record more detail)
  • how long the student read for. How many pages and for how long they read are simply measures of “how much” they did. You might think that the actual time spent reading is more pertinent than the number of pages read, but you can never have enough information. Why not record both?

You can add optional pieces of information to your reading log, too, such as:

  • student’s initials (to promote the idea that this is a collaborative process)
  • teacher’s/parent’s initials

Many people find that it’s better to leave out the individual dates of days and just have a place at the top of the document where you can type in or write the start date of the week. Doing it this way just means that you have less work to do when you want to print off your next reading log. It’s a hassle updating the document to amend the date for each individual day. It’s much easier to leave out dates in the document, print off a batch and then write in the week commencing date, as appropriate.

We’re keeping it minimal with this reading log, but feel free to download it and amend it to your heart’s desire. We’ve made the log a straight black and white affair to save on your ink. Coloured tables do look nice, but of course they have a cost that soon adds up if you’re printing off 30 logs each time. If you’re using Word 2010 you can get a good selection of table styles with which to spice up your prints.

For the student’s name and week commencing, you can either type in these details into the Word document itself and then print it off, or you can print it off and then scribble in the details in your best handwriting. Personally, I prefer to print off a batch of them and then write in the details myself, when I need one.

Don’t forget, this is a reading log template – it’s designed to be redesigned! It’s merely a starting point, though many people will find that it already gives them space to record all the details they want.

Create A Bibliography In Word 2010

If you make reference to other sources of information when writing your document, then you need to cite those sources in a bibliography. As the task of creating a bibliography is a common one, Word 2010 comes with tools that make the process easier.

The bibliography is usually placed at the end of a document and lists the sources that you consulted or cited within the document. In Word 2010 you can automatically generate a bibliography based on the source information that you provide for the document, either as you go along, or when the document is finished.

Insert A Citation In Word

When you add a new citation to your document, you also need to add its source so that it will appear in the bibliography. Many authors prefer to add sources as they appear in their documents. Each time they make a citation, they also add its source. You can do this by going to the References tab > Citations & Bibliography group, and change the bibliography style to be the one you need. For this examle we’ll use MLA Seventh Edition. The citation style you choose affects the information about the source you need to supply and also its presentation in your document.

Bibliography Style

Once you’ve chosen a style, place the cursor at the end of the sentence or phrase that you want to cite. In the same group in the ribbon, click Insert Citation. At this point, you can either provide all the source information now (select Add New Source), or you can insert a placeholder and fill in that information later (select Add New Placeholder). We’ll choose Add New Source to supply the source information now.

Type in information about the source in the Create Source window that opens.

Create Source

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In this example, we’re citing a book, but you’ll find that you have to enter different information depending on what the Type of Source is. When finished, click OK, and the source citation is complete. Next time you click on Insert Citation, you should see the source you just created.

Insert Citation

Managing Sources

You can view, change and delete sources you’ve previously created by clicking on the Manage Sources button. You’ll see two lists: the Master List contains all sources you’ve created in the past, regardless of what document you were editing, and the Current List contains only the sources you created for the current document. The actions you can perform in this window are fairly self explanaotory: you can create new sources here, and edit and delete existing ones.

If you select source you can see a preview of both how the citation looks, and how the bibliography entry looks.

Create A Bibliography In Word

Once you’ve added your sources, you can generate a bibliography at any point. Note that placeholder citations don’t appear in the bibliography. The bibliography will usually appear at the end of your document, so that’s where we’ll put ours. Place the cursor at the end of the document and click Bibliography.


Choose the bibliography format you’d like to insert.

Hopefully this tutorial has given you a quickstart guide to give you all the information you need to get you up and running with bibliographies in Word, but you can go here for a more in depth exploration of citing sources in Word 2010.