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Mendeley Reference Manager: Mendeley

A guide to the Medeley Reference Manager application.

Download Mendeley Desktop

The Library's training is focused on the Mendeley Desktop software.

Click here to download Mendeley Desktop

We also offer Mendeley training as a self-paced online tutorial on the Library Hub in Moodle. You will be asked to log in using your Moodle username and password.

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

Mendeley guides

Here are some useful Mendeley guides.

We're always happy to help. Sign up for a Mendeley class, ask at the Library Desk, or contact us online.

Mendeley Desktop

  • Automatic extraction of document details (authors, title, journal, etc.) from academic papers into a library database, which saves you a lot of manual typing!  As more people use Mendeley, the quality of the data extraction improves.
  • Super-efficient management of your papers.  "Live" full-text search across all your papers - the results start to appear as you type!  Mendeley Desktop also lets you filter your library by authors, journals, or keywords.  You can also use document collections, notes and tags to organize your knowledge, and export the document details in different citation styles.
  • Sharing and synchronisation of your library (or parts of it) with selected colleagues.  This is perfect for jointly managing all the papers in your lab!
  • More great features:  A plug-in for citing your articles in Microsoft Word, OCR (image-to-text conversion so you can full-text search all your scanned PDFs)


Download Mendeley Desktop

Getting started with Mendeley

Mendeley Web

  • An online back-up of your library:  Store your documents in your account and access them from anywhere through your browser.
  • Detailed statistics of all things interesting:  You can upload your own publications to your reserach profiles, then track the evolution of your readership.  How often are your papers downloaded or read?  From which academic disciplines and geographic regions?  Additionally, there are detailed statistics for each academic discipline and research topic.  Who are the up-and-coming authors in your discipline?  What are the most widely read papers on a specific subject?
  • A research network that allows you to keep track of your colleagues' publications, conference participations, awards, etc., and helps you discover people with research interests similar to yours. 


This guide was created by Washington University in St. Louis Libraries and is adapted here with permission.