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Mendeley Reference Management: Bibliographies & Citations

Learn how to use the citation management tool Mendeley to organize resources, format bibliographies & citations, and more.

Creating a Standalone Bibliography

If you want to create a bibliography, without having a document that has in-text citations, you can do so directly from Mendeley Desktop.

  1. Select all the records you wish to add to your list, from your Mendeley Library.
  2. Go to Edit or right click & select Copy As Formatted Citation.
  3. Open a text document in a program like Word, and click Paste.


Set a Default Citation Style

Is there a citation style you know you use the most? You can set it as the default in Mendley. To set your default citation style in Mendeley just go to View Citation Style, and click on the style you need. You can always change this if you need to or select a different style when adding citations to individual documents in Word (see below).

Using Mendeley Word Plugin for Your Paper

To add in-text citations and bibliographies to your work download the Word toolbar when setting up your Mendeley account.

For a PC the plugin will look like this:

It will either be in References or Add Ins.

For a Mac the plugin will look like this:

Once you install the toolbar might be located at the top of Word, instead of you having to select it as a drop down.

Adding an In-text Citation

To add in-text citations go to the References toolbar in Word.

1. Click in the document where you want the citation to go, then select Insert Citation.




Note: Make sure the style you want to use is selected. Here I have APA listed. You can always select another option.


2. Use the pop up search window to find the resource you want. Start typing information (title, author, etc.) from the citation you wish to use, or select Go To Mendeley to browse your references.


3. Once you have the citation you want click OK to add it to your paper.

Creating a Work Cited List (Bibliography)

Once you have added all your in-text citations, click on Insert Bibliography in the toolbar to create your works cited list.

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