How to "link" citation to source in OpenOffice Writer?

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How to "link" citation to source in OpenOffice Writer?

Postby gergogabi » Sat Sep 30, 2017 12:34 pm

Hello everyone!
I'm quite new to this program, and I would like to ask a question about it. I'm sorry for any spelling mistakes or uncomprehensible sentences. English is not my native language.

So, first of all I started to write my dissertation. And when writing it, I have to make citations at every statement. Like this for example:
"Earth is the 3rd planet from the Sun [35]."

And the source of the 35th citation is at the of the document called bibliography. This is where I put all my sources. Like this:
[34] something
[35] ... xy/example
[36] etc.

My question is: Can I link the citations to the source at the bibliography in a way, that if I change the number of the source at the bibliography, then all the citations in the document change to the number in the bibliography?

Thank you for your answer.
For example: I want to change number 35 to 42. I change it in the bibliography like this:
[42] ... xy/example
And consecvently all the citations in the document turn to 42.
Is this possible?
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Re: How to "link" citation to source in OpenOffice Writer?

Postby jrkrideau » Sat Sep 30, 2017 4:22 pm

Welcome to the forum.

Yes you can do what you want but, assuming I understand your description, not exactly the way you are doing it.

What you need is a bibliographical management program that can automate most of the management of your citations and bibliography.

There are several of these programs available, both Open Source and commercial. See ... em_support for a list of some of them.

I have been using Zotero, an Open Source program, for several years with satisfaction. Here is a quick guide to installing and using it There are probably better or more detailed guides on the Internet but this one came up in my search.

I'd suggest having a look at Zotero.

A bibliographic management system like it or others can save you many hours of work.
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