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Mendeley Reference Manager: Mendeley

A guide to the Medeley Reference Manager application.

What is Mendeley?

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.

With Mendeley, you can:

  • Create and manage citations of books, articles, videos, and more
  • Import citations
  • Automatic metadata extraction from imported PDFs
  • Collaborate with other researchers online
  • Find relevant papers based on what you’re reading
  • Highlight and annotate papers and share those notes with others
  • Organize using groups, tags, and filters

Printable guides

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Getting started with Mendeley


This guide was created by Washington University Libraries and is re-used with permission.