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What is Citation Management?

Citation management is keeping track of your sources and keeping them organized.  Staying organized is really important for larger projects and papers! 

There are many methods that people use to try to keep track of their sources when working on large projects, but the most efficient and robust is to use a type of software called a citation manager.  A citation manager helps you save sources as you find them, label and organize your sources, add important notes/annotations, and easily create citations and bibliographies directly in Word.  There are several citation managers available including Zotero, Endnote, and Mendeley.

As a student at Westminster, you have free access to Mendeley and that is the citation manager that we recommend.

Signing up for Mendeley

After watching this video you should:

  1. Sign up for an account at
  2. Download Mendeley Desktop onto your personal computer or access a college computer with Mendeley Desktop installed (lab computers, library laptops)

Importing Citations and Sources into Mendeley

After watching this video you should:

  1. Sign into Mendeley Desktop
  2. Install the Word plug-in
  3. Import an RIS file from WISE
  4. Create a citation for another source (website, Encyclopedia article, etc.)

Using Mendeley with Word

After watching this video you should:

  1. Ensure you have Microsoft Office.  You can download Microsoft Office 2019 by logging in with your Westminster email and password to the Help Desk and clicking "Want Software?" Select Office 2019 in the list and follow the prompts.
  2. Select the citation style you'd like to use in Mendeley Desktop.
  3. Drag and drop a citation into a word document (as if you were handing in a bibliography).
  4. Add one or more in-text citations as if you were writing a paper.
  5. After 4, click "Create Bibliography" to insert the full citation for any in-text cited sources. 
  6. Use Mendeley for your research paper and other assignments!