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Create an On-the-Fly Bibliography in Word

Creating an on-the-fly bibliography is as easy as dragging citations from Mendeley Desktop into your Word document.

  1. Set the citation style for Mendeley Desktop.
    • Select "View" from the Menu and choose the "Citation Style" option.
    • Click on the desired citation style or click on "More Styles..." if the citation style is not displayed.
  2. Put citations that you need for the bibliography into a folder in Mendeley Desktop. You can also select citations from "All Documents" but this may be unwieldy if the number is large.
  3. Sort the references into the order required by the bibliography. Usually this will be by primary author with citations by the same author sorted by date. The easiest way to do this is to click the "Year" heading at the top of the citation list so they sort by date and then click the "Author" heading.
  4. Highlight the citations to be added to the bibliography.
    • To select multiple citations, hold down the Shift Key to choose sequential citations or the Control Key if the citations are not sequential.
  5. Click on the highlighted citations and drag them into Word. Mendeley will format the bibliography using the citations style you chose in step 1.

Video: Mendeley: Creating an On-the-Fly Word Bibliography [4:35]

Chicago Footnote Style References in Word Using the Mendeley Citation Plugin

Once you begin the writing process, install the Mendeley Citation Plugin into your word processor. The Citation Plugin allows you to quickly and easily cite materials that you’ve added to your Mendeley library - as well as generating a full bibliography of the materials you’ve referenced in the paper. Best of all, it allows you to completely restyle all of the references you’ve inserted into a paper with just a couple of clicks.

What is the Citation Plugin?

  • It is a free, simple plugin for Microsoft Word (Windows, Mac) or Libre Office (All platforms).
  • Allows you to quickly and easily insert styled citations to reference materials from your Mendeley Library.
  • Automatically generates a bibliography for your paper using all the materials you’ve cited.
  • Pick from a huge and growing library of citation styles and easily restyle all citations in a paper with a few clicks.

Video: Chicago Footnote Style References in Word Using the Mendeley Plugin [3:25]

This video shows using the Chicago footnote or "note" style to insert citations into your paper, but the same process is used for almost any citation style.