Just wanting to share some other processes we found with one of my students, this time with bibliography !
I think the dev team may have been ask quite a few time for bibliography support, as it is one of the features I miss the most in Scrivener as a scholar. However if I undertood correctly, it’s up to Zotero, Mendeley and else to develop an add-on, is it not ?
Well, while waiting for this, we’ve come up with two ways of getting this done with current Scrivener ressources :
[size=150]The “all in Scrivener” way[/size]
1 . Export your bibliography from mendeley to a .bib file.
2 . Open the .bib file, open it with a word processor, replace every mention of “@” by “#@”, then save in .rtf
3 . Import and fraction the .rtf in a new folder named, let’s say, “bib references”, using # markers
4 . Rename every document inside the folder according to your citation style, example “(Smith 2011)”
5 . While typing you just have to click, drag, and hit the ALT key before dropping : Scrivener will insert a link to the bib reference you selected, automatically pasting it’s name, say “(Smith 2011)” inside your text.
6 . When reading, you can click the link : it will open in a second editor with Scrivener splitted windows ! If you have been using each doc as a folder for hosting, let’s say, notes, pdf, images from the book, audio or video, you can access them quickly by using shortcuts for displaying the indented docs or by clicking the “display in binder” button
The best thing about this : it’s completely reversible !
If you want to export your bibliography and update your Mendeley or Zotero, you just have to copy & paste everything in the manuscript, then select them all and compile into .txt format.
When you’re in your bib software, you can click on FIle>Import>BibTeX database and select the .txt file : it’ll come up perfectly !
You will also notice that exporting an annotated reference to a .bib file will result specific labels into your reference lines in the .bib file. If you want to keep that, edit in Scrivener and then update your bib software, you just have to split the document right before the note in Scrivener and then indent the note document in the main reference doc. When you’ll compile them, they’ll keep still in BibTeX way
You can do anything : as .bib format are no more than text in LaTeX language, you just have to keep this language consistent while splitting and editing documents in Scrivener ! And if you don’t want to bother, you can just compile the main documents without bothering with the indented ones.
[size=150]The Scriv + bib software way[/size]
I erased this part as it was a risky way that could corrupt Scrivener files X-D
It was based on this idea on which I’ve been kindly warned about those risks, read more here :
Alternatively you can check the Digital Researcher’s blog abut two different ways to use Zotero and Scrivener :
thedigitalresearcher.com/how-to- … scrivener/
That’s it !
Hope it’s of some help,