Today, I will be explaining how to use Mendeley Desktop for in-text citations in MS Word, Ensure you have Mendeley Desktop fully up and running on your PC . In addition, ensure you have carried out detailed literature searches and have imported the references/articles you wish to cite into your Mendeley account. Thereafter, follow the following steps to create in-text citations in your MS word document:
Step 1: Ensure you have Mendeley Desktop installed, up and running on your PC, you have carried out a preliminary literature search and imported the articles/references into your Mendeley account. In addition, ensure you have MS Word installed.
Step 2: Select the citation style you wish to use in your article. This can be done by clicking on the REFERENCES tab on MS Word. Under the Mendeley-Cite-O-Matic box, click on Style to select from the various citation styles in the drop down list that appears. You can decide to choose the APA, Havard, IEEE, Vancouver, etc citation styles depending on your choice. This will help to ensure your in-text citations are formatted according to the Citation Style Language (CSL) you have chosen.
Step 3: Begin working on your article by writing it out in your MS Word application. When you have entered a sentence, paragraph or a paraphrase you need to cite as a reference in your work, just click/press on ALT + M on your keyboard. This opens a Mendeley Desktop dialog box in your MS Word document.
Step 4: In the search area of the dialog box that popped up above enter the author, title or year of publication of the article you wish to cite and use as an in-text citation. You can decide to either search in the My Library folder or select another folder you have previously created in your projects. The search result gives several hits. Select the article you wish to cite and press the ENTER key on your keyboard.
Step 5: Pressing ENTER creates an in-text citation as a Mendeley formatted MS Word field in your document.
Step 6: Continue your article wtite up and follow the above steps to keep inserting in-text citations to your articles.
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