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What is the Citation Plugin?

What is the Citation Plugin?

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.

  • 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.

Installing the Mendeley Citation Plugin

Installing the Mendeley Citation Plugin

Once you begin the writing process, install the Mendeley Citation Plugin into your word processor. This requires that you have the Mendeley Desktop Application installed on your computer.

  • Before installing, both Word and Outlook must be closed.
  • Next open the Mendeley Desktop App.
  • Go to Tools > Install MS Word Plugin.
  • Then restart Word. 

Citation Styles

Mendeley supports a large number of citation styles beyond APA, ASA, Chicago, MLA, and CSE, including styles specific to a variety of journals and organizations.

For more information about using citation styles correctly, check out the style guides available online and in print from from the Library.

Example: Chicago Note Style References in Word Using the Mendeley Citation Plugin

This video provides an example of using the Chicago note style to insert citations into your paper, but a similar process is used for almost any citation style. The Chicago note style differs from APA, ASA, MLA, and other styles in that citations are inserted as footnotes, rather than inline in the body of your paper.


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

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