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Getting Started with 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.

UNR Mendeley Group

UNR Mendeley users receive added benefits! If you register for Mendeley with a UNR email address, you will automatically receive these additional benefits:

  • 100 GB of personal library space (up from 2 GB)
  • Unlimited number of private groups (up from 1) 
  • Up to 100 members per private group (up from 3)

Mendeley Basics

Mendeley has two parts:

  1. A desktop component available for download (Mendeley Desktop) 
  2. A web component that allows you to access your library from any computer (Mendeley Web)

Mendeley allows you to:

  • Create a library of citations
  • Capture citations from library databases and websites
  • Automatically generate bibliographies
  • Collaborate easily with other researchers online
  • Import papers from other research software
  • Find relevant papers based on what you’re reading
  • Access your papers from anywhere online
  • Read papers on the go through an iPhone and Android apps

Getting Started

  1. Go to Enter your name and email address and click on the Create a free account button.
  2. Create a password, pick your field of study and academic status, and click the download button to install Mendeley onto your computer.
  3. Open and run the file.
  4. Click on the red Mendeley icon to open it on your computer.
  5. Download the Mendeley web importer to import citation information from articles, web pages, and documents.

Get Assistance

See the links below to learn more about using Mendeley.

Assistance with Mendeley

The following librarians can help you with your questions about Mendeley. Contact them via email or book an appointment directly.

Elena Azadbakht, Librarian for Community Health Sciences, Public Health, and Social Work, Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center,

Rosalind Bucy, Librarian for English, Gender, Race & Identity, History, and Philosophy, Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center,

Tod Colegrove, Librarian for Chemistry, Math and Physics, DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library,

Ann Medaille, Librarian for Education, Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center,

Michelle Rachal, Librarian for Gerontology & Aging, Medicine, Nursing, and Speech Pathology & Audiology, Savitt Medical Library,