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Getting Started with Mendeley: The Basics

Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research. You can use it to collect references and the associated PDFs, when the PDF is avai

What is Mendeley?

Mendeley is a free citation manager that enables you to manage citations and PDFs using your account on mendeley.comMendeley also includes plugins for Word or Open Office, so you can easily create citations and/or bibliographies as you write your papers. Mendeley users can create groups that focus on particular subject areas or research projects. 

Will Mendeley Desktop Stop Working on September 1, 2022?


Mendeley Desktop will still work after this date. While new downloads of Mendeley Desktop will no longer be available from September 01, 2022, your existing installation will not be affected. If you installed Mendeley Desktop before September 01, you will still be able to sign in to Mendeley Desktop and use it as normal.

From September 01 only Mendeley Reference Manager desktop will be available to download.

There is no need to uninstall Mendeley Desktop before installing Mendeley Reference Manager. Both can be installed on the same machine. Remember to sync when using Mendeley Desktop; Mendeley Reference Manager will sync automatically.

How to Get Started with Mendeley

1.  Get started by creating an account.

2.  Create your profile.

3.  Download Mendeley Reference Manager.

4.  Install the Mendeley Web Importer.

5.  Install the Mendeley MS Word Plugin.

Upgrade to Mendeley Reference Manager


     In the new version of the Mendeley Reference Manager, the Desktop and Web versions of Mendeley are the same, with a dropdown menu along the top and your library Groups on the left. Note the Sync button  at the top right;your library will automatically sync when you open it, but you can also click the sync icon to synchronize your Desktop & Web libraries whenever you wish.

     Use Mendeley to build and organize your collection of references and documents, which you can sync with the web and mobile versions. Drag & drop PDF files into the Mendeley to instantly create references. Annotate PDFs with highlights and sticky notes as you read them.

Features of Mendeley - short video tutorials on how to use the features of Mendeley

Web Importer

Install the Web Importer .

With the Mendeley Web Importer, you can easily save references and PDF files into your personal library.

You just need to be viewing an article or a list of references in the browser. This can mean that you're looking at an actual PDF file, an article entry in an online catalog, or even a list of search results. The Mendeley Web Importer will scan the page for metadata, and provide you with a list of the results it finds.

To begin the import process, click on the red Mendeley button next to the address bar in Chrome, or click the 'Save to Mendeley' bookmarklet in your Bookmarks/Favorites if you're using another browser. Depending on the number of results the Importer finds, you'll be provided with a list of different items, or specific details of a single item. You can then review the details, and even make manual corrections within the Importer itself, before choosing to add the references to your personal Mendeley library.

Citation Plug-In for Word

The Citation Plugin allows you to quickly and easily cite materials that you’ve added to your Mendeley library.  

  • It is a free, simple plugin for Microsoft Word (Windows, Mac) or Libre Office (All platforms).

  • Allows you to quickly and easily insert styled citations to reference materials from your Mendeley Library.

  • Automatically generates a bibliography for your paper using all the materials you’ve cited.

Ensure your word processor is closed before attempting to install the plugin.

Open the Tools Menu and select the appropriate option. Mendeley will detect which word processor(s) you have installed, so the options available to you may vary.

The citation tool installs very quickly and will confirm once it finishes.

Using the Citation Plug-in