How to Use Scrivener as a Reference Library

Greetings Story Empire readers! This week we continue with another use of Scrivener’s Inspector – Document References .

Just as a refresher, the Inspector is turned on by clicking on View in Scrivener. Slide down the menu to Layout and click on Inspector in the fly-out menu that is displayed (for keyboard command enthusiasts use CTRL + Shift + I).

Scirv Turn on Inspector

The Document References are accessed using the second from the left button located at the bottom of the Inspector.

Scriv Doc Refs Highlighted

To toggle between Document References and Project References click the up-down arrows.

Scriv Doc Refs Toggle

There are several other controls for the Document References. To Add/Remove references click on the +/- buttons. The + button reveals a menu that allows adding internal references from the project as well as external references (Look-up and Add or Create), all of which are pictured below:

The Add Reference Menu

The Add Reference Menu Displayed


Add Internal References Menu Displayed

Add Internal References Menu Displayed


Adding An External Reference Displayed

Adding An External Reference Displayed

Personally, I’ve been using Document References of late when writing posts. If I start researching aspects of my post then I add the references that I find which are usually external. So when I add the external reference I give it a title that makes sense and the web link to the page. This way I can access the information or add the link into a post. To add the referenced web link to your document, double click on the reference to open it. Then copy/paste the page link that’s opened into the your document via Scrivener’s link command.

Using references can also be used in various types of writing besides blog posts. The internal project references are also very valuable for larger projects, especially those involving research. Non-fiction writers can especially benefit from this function of Scrivener.

What writing research you do can benefit from using Document References? Please leave a your thoughts and questions in the comments section and I’ll answer as soon as I can.  Thanks for visiting Story Empire today.

P. H. Solomon

19 thoughts on “How to Use Scrivener as a Reference Library

  1. I’ve been dragging URLs into the research folder or pasting a link in the card description of a particular scene. I haven’t played with these reference options. Something to consider. (Although, the Mac upgrade to version 3 has a slightly different inspector, and now I’m wondering if this is an option. They got rid of the project notes option, which I relied on.)

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