FAQ: How do I insert citations in my document?

Sente allows you to quickly and easily insert in-text citation tags by simply selecting the reference in the reference list and either clicking the Cite toolbar button or using the cmd-Y keyboard shortcut. (If the Cite button is not located on your toolbar, please see the section on Customizing the Toolbar in the user manual.)

Using the Cite toolbar button and cmd-Y are both very easy three-step processes:

  1. Place your cursor at the proper location in your document.
  2. Select the correct reference in Sente by left-clicking on it once in the reference table.
  3. Either click the Cite button in the toolbar, or use cmd-Y on the keyboard.

The citation tag will be placed at the cursor location in your document.

You may also use the File > Cite in Word Processor menu command, if you choose.

Alternatively, you can enter citation tags manually. There is nothing special about citation tags — they are simply text that the file scanner in Sente can recognize. This means that you can always just type the tags in manually, as long as the citation IDs match the references in the library.

The only drawback to the manual entry method (other than the typing) is that when the other methods are used, Sente will automatically generate a citation ID for each reference if one does not already exist. When you type in the citation tag manually, the citation ID may not yet exist for the reference.

In this case, the tag you typed in will show up as unresolved during the scanning process. If you then drag the reference from the reference table in Sente onto the unresolved citation in the results window, Sente will automatically assign the tag you entered to the reference, so the tag will resolve correctly in the next scan.

For more information on this topic, please see the chapter entitled File Scanning in the Sente User Manual.