How do I add a bibliography?

I have looked all over and I can’t find a way to add a bibliography. It’s likely something simple, I’m sure, but even a very simple string like “how to add a bibliography” turns up everything else except that one thing.

I’m pretty new to paperpile. Please help? There is no ‘generate’ or ‘add’ feature that I can see.

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Go to Paperpile --> Format Citations in the Google Docs menu. This will apply your chosen citation style and add/update the bibliography.

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I’ve tried that but it doesn’t generate a bibliography. Did I download it wrong?

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It is difficult to know without further detail. Please check our help section or use the support chat in the bottom right of the Paperpile window. This will make it easier for me to assist you.

Thank you for trying.

I don’t have a Chat button. I have looked several times at the Support page but I guess I’m having a geriatric moment because I can’t find it there either.

My paper is for a History essay and the format is to cite with footnotes, not in-text citations. I tried a few in-text citations and a bibliography seems to work when doing so. It doesn’t work with just footnotes.

Is there a trick to this?

Sorry if these seem like silly questions - I really am trying but computery stuff doesn’t come easily to me. :worried:

I have the same problem… tried everything but no luck with getting bibliography showed in my document or any possibility for chat button… this should be so basic _ way less convoluted…

It sounds like you may be using the sidebar which does not have a chat button. If that is the case, you can insert a bibliography by clicking the red “Update citations & bibliography” button. This will apply your selected citation style and add/update a bibliography at the end of the document.

If you are using the Chrome extension, this is done by going to Paperpile --> Format citations, in the Google Docs menu.

Just to note, the chat button in the main Paperpile interface seems to get blocked by ad blockers. I use Privacy Badger, and I rarely see the chat button (though just occasionally it does appear). That may be part of the reason for confusion.


I had the same issue, struggled for a while, then I noticed that as long as I was in “Unformatted citation mode” the bibliography wouldn’t display. If you are in “Unformatted citation mode”, the references display in blue. Otherwise, they display as normal text (but still have the link, ofc).

From google doc, Addons -> Paperpile -> Manage citations / Then the setting icon -> Unformat citations

When you revert to NOT unformatted citations, the biblio displays after updating. But it’s not clear to me how I managed to revert yet :stuck_out_tongue:


Settings button then Create item manually

and that’s all

I hope it helps

Finally, find the answer I am looking for. I struggled for a long time for this.

I am facing the same issue now. So frustrating :frowning: