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Mendeley utilities for text editors

To make  in-text references and a source list in a Word document., you need an add-in to your word processor. Mendeley has two different utilities for Microsoft's Word: Mendeley Cite and Citation Plugin.

Mendeley Cite is suitable for use if the Word version is 2016 or later. Citation plugin is suitable for use if the version of Word is 2016 or older. Therefore, use only one of these utilities according to the version of Word in use. To find out about the product information in Word, open File > Account.

Because the older versions of Word are rare nowadays, we only deal with Mendeley cite in more detail here.

Mendeley Cite

You can install Mendeley Cite on your home machine directly from Word's Office store by clicking Insert > Get Add-Ins. However, the Office store is not available on school machines, but you can ask  Centria IT support for the add-in. Once IT support has accepted the add-in, it will appear on the Admin managed tab of the Office store's Get Add-Ins window. When Mendeley Cite is installed, it appears as a red icon in the References tab of Word.

Please note that you can use the utility only after you sign up to Mendeley.

Inserting and editing a citation

You can add citations in a Word document in the following way:

  1. Position the cursor where you want to insert a citation in your document.
  2. Open Mendeley Cite add-in by clicking the red icon, which opens a window showing all your Mendeley references.
  3. Select the check box of the reference(s) you wish to insert.
  4. Finally, click Incert citation.

You can edit citations as follows:

  1. Click on the reference you want to edit.
  2. Click Edit citation, which will open the edit window.
  3. Make the necessary changes to the reference and click Done.

Choosing a citation style

The appearance of your citations is determined by the style you currently use. To select a new style, go to the Citation Style tab in the Mendeley Cite window. The  tab displays a list of all the citation styles that have been installed. To change the citation style, select any of the displayed styles and then click  Update citation style. You can change the selected style at any point of your work. After the change, your work will be updated to use a new style.

Creating a bibliography

After you have inserted one or more citations you can use Mendeley Cite to automatically create a bibliography of all the references you’ve cited.

  1. Position the cursor where you want the bibliography to appear in your document.
  2. In Mendeley Cite, click More > Insert Bibliography.


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