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Mendeley: Citation Plug-In

Editing Citations

When writing, you may want to place the name of an author outside parentheses. To do so..

  1. Click on the in-text citation in Word. (The Insert Citation button in the Mendeley Cite-O-Matic box on the References tab in Word now says Edit Citation.)
  2. In the citation's text, type a parenthesis before the year and remove the one before the author’s name.
  3. Click your cursor elsewhere in the document. A pop up box will open asking if you would like to keep this manual edit. Click Keep Manual Edit.

If you would like to undo this at a later date, simply click on the in-text citation and use the Undo Edit button in the Mendeley Cite-O-Matic box on the References tab in Word

Citation Plug-In

This plug-in allows you to insert in-text citations and build a bibliography within Microsoft Word.

To download and use:

  1. Mendeley Desktop
  2. Tools
  3. Install MS Word Plug In
  4. Open Microsoft Word
  5. References tab
  6. Mendeley Cite-O-Matic
  7. Click Insert Citation
  8. Search for author or title
  9. Click Okay

A citation will appear where your mouse is. Use the style dropdown menu to select the citation style. To create a bibliography, click Insert Bibliography in the Mendeley Cite-O-Matic box on the References tab in Word. A bibliography will be created at the end of the document.

Microsoft Word Bar with Mendeley Citation Plug In

Finishing Your Paper

After finishing your paper, you will want to disconnect your document from Mendeley which will remove the fields of code that Mendeley uses to connect to your Mendeley Library. This lets you make small edits to your references (useful if your output style meant a reference wasn’t displaying as required).

First saved copy: Ensure the document title has the word Mendeley in it so in the future you are aware this document is connected to Mendeley.

Second saved copy:

  1. Click Export in the Mendeley Cite-O-Matic box on the References tab in Word. 
  2. Click Without Mendeley Fields.
  3. Remove Mendeley from the document's title (adding the word Final or something similar may help you remember this was the final version). 
  4. Click Save. (The document will not open, but if you go to the folder where you saved the document, the document will be there.