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Install a Word-Processor Plugin

A word processor plug-in is available that lets you insert references into Word or Open Office documents. You'll be prompted to add this plug-in when you first install Mendeley. 

To install the plug-in, after your initial Mendeley install:

  • Make certain your Word Processor is closed
  • Click on the Tools menu within Mendeley Desktop and select the option for the desired word processor. 
  • The Mendeley tool will appear in a different location depending on the word processing software you’re using; under the References tab on Word for Windows and as a separate panel on Word for Microsoft

Add Citations and Bibliography to Your Document

 To add Citations to a document:

  • Place your cursor where you want to add a citation
  • Select the References tab and locate the Mendeley Cite-O-Matic section (PC); or look for the Mendeley toolbar or Mendeley menu (Mac).
  • Click "Insert Citation" and search for references by author, title, or year from your Mendeley Library. References can also be added from Groups - just change the drop-down menu from My Library to one of your Groups and select the desired citation.
  • After a citation has been inserted, you may change the citation style using the Style drop-down box. 

Create a Bibliography

  • After at least one citation has been added to your document, place your cursor where you want your bibliography, then click I"nsert Bibliography"
  • Click the Refresh option to update the bibliography as you add more citations.
  • If the bibliography does not follow the citation style, you may need to edit the reference in your Mendeley Library.  Click refresh to reflect any changes that were made.

Need a visual?  View this video to see how its done.

Change a Citation

To add an author, change a page number or make other citation changes

  • Click on the citation you want to edit
  • Click on the Edit Citation Button on the tool bar
  • Click on the citation the field box
  • Select the option you want to change

Find or Modify Citation Styles

Choose your Style from the Mendeley section of your Word Processor Toolbar 

Don't see your Citation Style in the Style List?  Use the links below to find or edit styles.

Final Steps


When you've completed your document remove the invisible Mendeley tags before you send it to your Publisher or Turnitin

  • Click on the Export link

  • Select "Export without Mendeley Fields" in the dropdown menu.