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Mendeley: Citing and Writing

This guide provides on overview of how to use Mendeley to create a personal database of references that can be inserted into documents created with Word.

Installing the MS Word Plugin

To install the MS Word plug in:

When installed the plugin will appear as below on Microsoft Windows:

Setting a Citation Style

To set your default citation style in Mendeley just go to ViewCitation Style, and click on the style you need. You can always change this if you need to. You can also select a different style when adding citations to individual documents in Word (see below).

Inserting a Citation

Once you have installed the citation plugin, you are ready to add citations to documents in MS Word or other word processing software. To insert a citation using Microsoft Word:

  • Place your cursor where you want the citation.
  • On the References tab of Word, click the Insert Citation icon. The Style dropdown box will not display a bibliographic style until you have inserted your first citation.

             On some Macs, inserting may look like this:

  • After a reference has been selected, you have the option to add another reference to the same citation. When done, click OK.  
  • After a citation has been inserted, you may change the citation style using the Style drop-down box. 

Creating a Bibliography

Once you have added all your in-text citations, click on Insert Bibliography in the toolbar to create your works cited list.

On some Macs creating a bibliography will look like this.


Once you have done this you will have a manuscript complete with in-text citations and a bibliography.

Creating a Standalone Bibliography

If you want to create a bibliography, without having a document that has in-text citations, you can do so directly from Mendeley Desktop.

Select all the records you wish to add to your list, from your Mendeley Library, and then go to Edit and click on Copy. Once you have done this you can go to a text document, like Word, and simply click Paste. This will create a bibliography in your chosen citation style.

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