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Mendeley: Overview

Overview: What is Mendeley?

Mendeley is a free reference manager, collaboration network, and recommendation engine for other academic works.

With Mendeley you can:

  • Keep all your research in one place by adding references from databases or the web
  • Read and annotate on the go—highlight PDFs, mark them up, and add sticky notes
  • Generate citations and bibliographies easily with the MS Word plug-in
  • Choose from thousands of reference styles including APA, MLA, and major journal styles
  • Create a private group and collaborate with colleagues

To get started with Mendeley, create an account or sign in with an existing one at

How to Get Mendeley

NEW - Mendeley Reference Manager

Mendeley has created a new Reference Manager that unifies the web experience with a standalone app, offering a simplified and consistent interface. Reference Manager can be used with any web browser by signing into Mendeley, or it can be downloaded and run on your local computer. In the future, new features and updates will come to Reference Manager first. Visit the link for more information.

Mendeley Desktop

The classic Mendeley Desktop app is still available for Windows, macOS and Linux. Although it will not be updated as regularly as Mendeley Reference Manager, anyone who prefers this interface can continue to use it.

The download page also offers the Web Importer and the Citation Plugin, as well as links to the mobile apps on the App Store (iOS) and the Google Play Store (Android)

Attend a Library Workshop on Mendeley

The RBD Library offers Introduction to Mendeley workshops throughout the semester. Learn how to add citations to Mendeley from your computer, a library database, and the web, as well as how to use the software to annotate citations and create bibliographies using the Microsoft Word plug-in. Use the link below to register for the workshop.

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