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Mendeley - Citation Management Software: Creating Works Cited / Bibliographies

Install MS Word or OpenOffice Plugin

Microsoft Word

Once you download and install Mendeley Desktop to a computer, you can install the Microsoft Word Plugin. Open the Desktop, then click on Tools > Install MS Word Plugin. You may have to close and reopen Word for the install to be completed. 

OpenOffice 

If you use OpenOffice on a Linux or Windows machine, you should be able to install the plugin by downloading and installing Mendeley Desktop and then clicking Tools >Install OpenOffice Plugin in the program window. For more help, log onto Mendeley Web (link below), click on Search, then Support, and use keywords to search for your troubleshooting topic.

Using the Plugin

iOS for Mac and Windows

Mac

Depending on your operating system, the MS Word Plugin will appear differently. If you are using Word for Mac, you may have a ribbon tab or an Add-in, depending on your version of Word (Pictured: Word 2016 for Mac). Both will open a floating search bar, as seen in the Windows screenshot below.

TIP: You will need to enter a citation before you can select the Style, e.g.: APA, MLA, Chicago, CSE, etc.

Screenshot of Mendeley Word Plugin in the MS Word ribbon under the References tab

Windows

If you are using Word on Windows, the Mendeley Plugin will be integrated in the Word Ribbon. Unfortunately it closely resembles the Built-in "Insert Citation" tool in the Ribbon, so be careful to choose the "Insert Citation" with the Mendeley icon on it (Pictured: Microsoft Word 2013).

TIP: You will need to enter a citation before you can select the Style, e.g.: APA, MLA, Chicago, CSE, etc.

Screen shot of Mendeley plug in in MS Word References ribbon