In the Citation Style Editor you can combine and format components: Author, Year, Title, etc. Sometimes you need to combine components with text. Many components have preview and suffix fields for this information.
Text elements are useful in the following situations:
- If the component has no prefix or suffix field, for example for the components Year, Publisher, or Periodical. If you want a result such as (Year), [Publisher] or In: Periodical, you will need to use text elements.
- If a text element should appear separate from the appearance of other elements. For example, "ibid." often appears by itself in a footnote. You would create a text element that only contains the word ibid.
In the Edit component, you can enter Group suffixes. Here you can type the text that appears after an editor or multiple editors.
If you want the word "In" to appear before the editor names, you can enter it as group prefix. However, it often makes more sense to add it as a new Text element. Then, "In" will appear before the title even if the Edited book does not have editors.
Use Text elements for parentheses that you want to place around one or more components.