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Getting Started with Mendeley: Cite and Write

Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research. You can use it to collect references and the associated PDFs, when the PDF is avai

Citation Plug-In: Cite-o-Matic

In Microsoft Word for Windows, the tool can be accessed via the References tab on the Ribbon. You should see a new set of tools for the Mendeley Cite-o-Matic.

The Mendeley Cite-o-matic in Microsoft Word for Windows

Inserting a Citation

Position the cursor where you want to insert your first citation and press the Insert Citation button on the toolbar.

The Mendeley Citation Editor popup will appear, allowing you to search your Mendeley library for the appropriate reference. Enter a search term and choose the desired reference from the list of results.

Press Ok to insert a citation to the selected reference.

The Citation Editor appears when you press the insert citation button

Citation Styles

Your citations will be inserted according to the active ‘Citation Style’. Styles are formatting rules set out by journals and publishers. In some cases the citation may contain details about the cited source, while other publications may only use a footnote number.

Citation styles control the appearance of the citations you insert

The appearance of your citations is controlled by the Citation Style you currently have selected. They can be modified at any time using the ‘Choose Citation Style’ option on the plugin toolbar.

This will open an interface allowing you to select from a list of common styles. If the style you need isn’t listed, you can use the ‘Get More Styles’ tab to install it.

You can also edit an existing style or create new styles using the CSL Editor.

Use the citation style menu to open the list of installed citation styles