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Mendeley: Writing your Paper or Manuscript

How to Use the Citation Plugin

How to Add more Styles to your List of Installed Styles

How to add more citation styles to your installed styles

  1. In Mendeley Desktop use the View pull down menu from the Mendeley toolbar.
  2. Select on Citation Styles and then click on more styles.
  3. In the pop-up window you will see your installed styles
  4. Click on the Get More Styles tab
  5. Search for the style you want in the search box.
  6. Select the style and click on download.
  7. Go back to the Installed tab.  Select the new style and click on Use this style to add it to your installed styles.

Download Mendeley Cite

If download of the Mendeley Reference Manager has not already inserted the tool called Mendeley Cite into your MSWord program, download Mendeley Cite [When in MSWord you should then see a link labeled references in your menu bar/ribbon leading to a tool labeled Mendeley Cite-O-Matic].

Using the Citation Plug-in to Cite your Paper

The video uses Mendeley on a Mac.  The Mendeley Cite plug-in is located under the References tab in Microsoft Word and will be labeled Mendeley Cite-o-Matic.  For more details in using the Word Plug-in please refer to Using the Citation Plug-in

Note: There is a slight difference with MS Word on Mac: The Cite-O-Matic will appear as its own toolbar on a Mac.

Inserting Citations

Once you have your documents in Mendeley, you can cite and reference them within Word and LibreOffice by installing plug-ins.  Once installed, you will have tool bar buttons that will allow you to cite a document, generate a bibliography, or manually edit any entry.

Go to Tools > Install... and select the plugin you wish to add.  (Word must be closed.)

When creating a paper, click on Insert Citation in the toolbar to cite a document from your Mendeley Library.



If you are using Word on Windows, a box will appear allowing you to search for references by author, title or year.


search box


When you find the reference you want to cite, click OK and you're done.  You can cite multiple references by using semicolons to separate them. You can also add page numbers to your reference.

  • To add a page number, highlight the reference and a box will appear that allows you to insert a page number (or chapter heading...).

  • If you need to edit this reference later on, do not change it in the Word file. Instead, highlight the citation (footnote, endnote, parenthtical documentation) and the Insert Citation button in the Mendeley Cite-O-Matic tab will change to Edit Citation. Click Edit Citation and the editing box will reappear.


If you prefer to find references using Mendeley Desktop, press the "Go to Mendeley" button beneath the search box, which brings up Mendeley Desktop.  Then select the document in Mendeley Desktop, and click Cite in the Mendeley Desktop Toolbar.

Again, you can cite multiple documents.  Just hold the Ctrl key and left click the documents you want to cite. 

You can select your preferred citation style in the drop down menu.  Additional styles may be added to your list of installed styles.  See the box below for instructions.

Generate the bibliography by clicking Insert Bibliography.

Insert Bibliography in Word for Windows


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