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Mendeley: Creating Bibliographies

a guide to using Mendeley, a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research.

Adding Citations

There are several ways to add references to a word processor document using Mendeley Word and Open Office plug-ins.

  1. Add-Ins > Insert Citation > Find Citations
  2. Add-Ins > Insert Citation > Go to Mendeley > In Mendeley, hightlight a reference. In Word, go to Add-Ins > Insert Selected Citation.
  3. Copy a citation in Mendeley.  Paste it into Word document.
  4. Drag and drop.


Reformat bibliographies with different styles.  In Word, Go to References > Mendeley Cite-O-Matic > Insert Bibliography. Click on the dropdown menu next to Style and select appropriate Output Style.

Can't find your Output Style?

  • Select Get More Styles from the Style dropdown menu. Select and install new styles. A complete list of the styles supported by Mendeley is available here.
  • PubsHub includes instructions for authors and information to help you decide where to publish.
  • Check journal's instructions for authors for Style recommendations.  The University of Toledo has compiled links to instructions for authors.

Word Processor Compatibility

WINDOWS -  Word 2007 or later, including Office 365 for Windows

MAC -  Word 2011

 Note: Mendeley has dropped support for Word 2008 for Mac, which will not work at all in Mendeley Desktop 1.12.3 and future updates.

LIBRE OFFICE -  latest version