In which I discuss getting footnotes and Mendeley references to look nice in Word...
I may not have mentioned it before on this blog but I am a Mendeley advisor and a strong advocate of this free reference manager. In fact I cover the pros and cons of it in this video:
Referencing Styles in Mendeley
I personally think this is nice and clean and Mendeley will also separate multiple references with commas or hyphens where appropriate:
*This will probably change as it uses et al. in the list of authors for a small number of authors.
Word automatically inserts numbered footnotes like so:
When both are used this can cause the following problem when a reference and footnote are used on the same sentence:
This would be confusing to a reader as they would expect there to be a reference that doesn't exist and miss out on the footnote.
Solving the Problem
There are two main ways to solve the problem:
- Use a different citation style. Since this formatting is already agreed as part of my Thesis I can't use this option.
- Change the footnote style.
In word you can change the footnote style for the entire document by going to the ribbon>References>Footnotes and clicking on the little expansion square:
Then you will get the footnote and endnote menu:
Where you can change the format to symbols:
I think the final result is an OK compromise:
If you want you can also add a comma between the two to improve the distinction. Be aware that you'll have to do this manually by typing in a comma and then making it into a superscript:
Currently my Thesis is 78 pages long with 16,148 words!