Mendeley: how to cite while you write

There are many advantages to citing while you're writing (as opposed to adding all the references after you've finished your paper).

  • You'll be less likely to forget to cite sources (so a lower chance to accidentally plagiarise).
  • You'll remember where to put the sources.
  • It's also easier to find the sources when you're writing than weeks or months after you've written that particular part of your paper.
  • Reference software like Mendeley also makes it easier to adjust the citation style or to edit references.


Mendeley Cite

First, you need to install the Mendeley Cite plugin:

  • Open Mendeley Desktop.
  • Go to Tools > Install Mendeley Cite for Microsoft Word.



Once the plugin's been installed, you can start citing while you write.

  • Open your article in a local Word file.
  • Place the cursor where the footnote needs to be.
  • Go to References > Mendeley Cite. The tile will have the Mendeley logo on it.
  • Select the desired source in the side bar.
  • Click 'Insert citation'.



Mendeley won't automatically generate a bibliography at the end of your document. To insert your bibliography, follow these steps:

  • Open your article in a local Word file.
  • Place the cursor where you want to add your bibliography.
  • Go to References > Mendeley Cite.
  • In the side bar, click the three dots, then click 'Insert Bibliography'.

Any changes in order of citations, deleted or added citations, as well as a change in citation style will be automatically updated in your bibliography.

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Last modified Oct. 6, 2023, 3:27 p.m.