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Bibliography Vs References Pdf Merge

One of the great built-in features in Mendeley is without a doubt the citation plugin for your word processor of choice. We currently support most of popular word processors such as MS word (Mac and Windows), OpenOffice, Neo Office, and Libre Office. We’re continuously working to improve the efficiency and general user interface of this plugin because we feel it is an important component within Mendeley Desktop and your overall research workflow.

That being said, I’d like to touch on a small aspect that many Mendeley citation plugin users are probably unaware of. If you add multiple citations at the same time, the appropriate citation style is used for such situations. For example, if you were citing 3 articles and they were the 3rd, 4th and 5th citations added, they’d probably be added as follows 3-5 (if using a numeric inline citation style format like “Nature Genetics”.). However, if you went in to the document and wanted to add another reference in that bundle, it would show up as 3-5 6. That is not good.
Quick solution? Delete the citations and add all four together. Which would mean remembering which reference they were, selecting all four and adding them in again.

Better solution? Merge the citations! Just select the 3-5 and 6 citation and then go to your citation plugin options in your word processor and select Merge citations. The end result should be 3-6. No need to go track down the references again. Just select, merge. Done.

Check out this quick 2 minute video showcasing our Word plugin:

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The purpose is to produce one single Word document with one reference list at the end. Before merging documents, all the references from each Word document must be exported into one EndNote Library. You can use export travelling library to do this.

  1. Open your EndNote library that have all the references from each Word document. Remove duplicates if there are any
  2. Open the first document that you wish to combine with others.
  3. On the EndNote tab, click on the small triangle symbol next to the Convert Citations and Bibliography button. A drop-down menu will appear. Select Convert to Unformatted Citations. The EndNote citations in your text will now appear in curly brackets. Example: {Thompson, 2015  #17}
  4. Repeat 2-3 steps with all the documents that need to be combined.
  5. Copy and paste all the text from each document into a single new Word document. Make any edits to the text you need to at this point (e.g. correct spacing and formatting, move sections of the text around, etc).
  6. On the new Word document, go to EndNote tab and choose Format Bibliography-->Layout to set the output style including font size, reference page title, and spacing.
  7. Click on the Update Citations and Bibliography button 
  8. When EndNote updating the references, you may get Select Matching Reference dialog box  because the author name or the year in one of the references have been modified, or there are multiple matches for a given citation. Click Insert until it's done. 

Note that you should always save a copy of each document before creating a merged document.