I’ve found a WordPress plugin that will do what I want with bibliographies: papercite.
For decades, now, I’ve kept my bibliographies in a special format called bibTeX. There are many reasons why I use bibTeX:
- it is a plain text (not binary) format
- there are many converters to other formats, such as Microsoft Word, html, pdf, rdf, and others
- it is the standard citation format used in LaTeX (the document typesetting software I use for my academic work)
Papercite has multiple bibliography styles to choose from (just like bibTeX). I can select to show an entire bibliography individual item or cite a reference in the midst of a paragraph and have a list of references at the end.
You can see an example of this approach to bibliography in the page Bibliographies on the right.
I think I now have all the pieces in place.