Mendeley: how can you cite while you write?

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

  • You will be less likely to forget to cite sources (so a lower chance to accidentally plagiarise).
  • You will remember where to put the sources.
  • It is also easier to find the sources when you are 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.


MS Word Plugin

First, you need to install the MS Word Plugin:

  • Open Mendeley Desktop.
  • Go to Tools > Install MS Word Plugin.



Once the plugin is 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 > Insert Citation. The tile will have the Mendeley logo on it.
  • A pop-up window will ask you to look for the source you want to cite.
  • Select the correct source and click 'OK'.



Mendeley will not 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 you bibliography.
  • Go to References > Insert bibliography.


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Last modified Feb. 25, 2022, 9:48 a.m.