I found this in the Help Manual (p35), if it’s what you meant…
References The References table lets you to hold links to related material within the project itself. Links can also point elsewhere on your hard drive or on the Internet. Click the header bar to switch between document references and global project references. Use the latter to make links available throughout the project. For more information, read References (subsection 19.3.2).
The References table allows you to hold links to related material within the project itself, elsewhere on your hard drive or on the Internet.
General, or vague linking between items can be a useful thing to do. Linking specifi- cally from a piece of text, using the hyperlink format, certainly has its place, but some- times an item only generally applies to a large group of words. Fortunately Scrivener has a tool for this called References. Consider if a sub-section in your book has several supporting articles that you’ve imported into the Research folder. You reference these frequently when writing in this section of the book, but it’s a pain to always have to look them up. Dropping these articles into the References inspector pane establishes a general link to them pertaining to the whole section of the draft—that document.
Another thing they accomplish is to establish a low-impact network of back-links. Whenever you create a Reference or Scrivener Link in your document, the software adds a Reference link in the item you linked to back to the item you linked from. Thus, if sub- section 12.23 links to a paper on Colony Collapse Disorder, then the next time you are reviewing that resource, you could open up the Reference pane and see all of the sections of your draft that have established a link to it, section 12.23 included. You might prefer that Scrivener never do this, and curate all links yourself. If so, disable this feature in the Navigation preferences tab (subsection B.6.7).
To create links, simply drag documents from the binder or the Finder, and URLs from your browser, into the table to create links. You can also use the + button in the References header bar.
Double-clicking on the icon of the reference, or selecting it and hitting the Return key, will open the document, either inside Scrivener or in the default application or browser depending on the reference type. How internal (and supported) file types are opened in the editor is determined in the Navigation preference tab (section B.6). This sets the default, but you can opt to open a reference using an alternate method by right-clicking on it in the table. It is possible to open references in a:
19.3. DOCUMENTSUPPORTPANES 265 l Current View, replacing the current editor
l Other View, as a split view using the last split type you used if one needs to be created
l QuickReference panel
l Quick Look, which will only be available for unsupported file types
Using these menu commands, or dragging and dropping reference items to an editor header bar, will let you open external media files not stored in the project, in the editor as though it were a project resource.
The + button has three options available:
l Add Internal Reference: presents a menu containing all of the items in your project binder. Click on any item, even a folder, to create a reference to it. The default description for it will be its binder title.
l Look Up & Add External Reference: use this menu to load a file browser. Any file you select in this browser will be added as a link to the reference list. The default description for it will be the file name.
l Create External Reference: creates a new row in which you can manually copy and paste or type in the internal title and valid URL or file path of the resource you wish to link to. This is most useful for creating links to the Internet, as you can just paste in the URL you have available, but local file URIs are also valid.
Any existing reference can be edited by double clicking on the text labels. To finish editing, press Return or click anywhere else in the table with your mouse. You can use this to update broken links with the correct file path or URL, or change their internal names. For internal links to other Scrivener items in your project, you cannot edit the target, only the name. To replace it with a new target, you’ll need to create a new refer- ence and then remove the old one.
Clicking the header bar of the references area will bring up a pop-up menu from which you can select “Document References” or “Project References”. As with notes, document references are attached to the current document whereas project notes are global and remain the same no matter which document you are viewing.
To delete a reference, select it and click the - button, or tap ￼ – Delete.
[10.7+ (Lion) Only] References to files on your disk can be dragged into a header bar for viewing, even without importing them into the project. If Scrivener does not know
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how to display it, it will present the file’s Quick Look information. In versions of the operating system older than 10.7, URLs and unsupported file formats will not allow a drop on the header bar.
External references can be dragged out of the table and into the Binder. This will result in the resource being imported into the project if it is an external reference; this goes for web pages as well.
When you create a Scrivener Link to a document in any way, a Reference back to the originating document will be placed in its references list. This way you can easily track “back links” while browsing your project. These links are, however, not dynamic. They are created once upon linking, and can later be removed or altered by hand.
It is now possible to drag items from the binder of one project into the References pane of another (either project or document references are a valid target). This will store a special external link to both the project it came from, and the individual item you dragged into the References table. Double-clicking on the icon will load the project if necessary and reveal the target item in the active split.
Pro Tip: If you change the “URL” for internal links (which otherwise just state “[In- ternal Link]” in the URL field) to a single asterisk, that item will be placed at the very top of the header bar icon menu. If accessed from there, it will load that file in accor- dance with your navigation settings for internal references. Use this to create a more visible “soft link” between one or more documents, such as frequently used research material, instructions for preparation, and so on.