Mendeley is a free citation manager and academic social network that enables you to manage citations and PDFs using a desktop client or through your account on mendeley.com. Mendeley 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 connect with other researchers in their field and discover what they are reading. There are also groups you can join that focus on particular subject areas or research projects.
2. Create your profile.
3. Download the Mendeley Desktop.
4. Install the Mendeley Web Importer.
5. Install the Mendeley MS Word Plugin.
Use the Mendeley Desktop 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 Desktop to instantly create references. Annotate PDFs with highlights and sticky notes as you read them.
Features of the Mendeley Desktop - short video tutorials on how to use the features of Mendeley Desktop
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.
The Citation Plugin allows you to quickly and easily cite materials that you’ve added to your Mendeley library.