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Mendeley: Getting Started

This guide contains information about getting started with Mendeley, a reference management tool.

About Mendeley

Mendeley on laptop

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.

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

See the links below to learn more about using Mendeley.

Benefits of the 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)

**If you register for Mendeley with a non-UNR email address, please complete the UNR Mendeley Group Sign Up form, and you'll receive an email invitation within a few days.

Getting Started

To get started with Mendeley:

  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.

Note: If you have already signed up for a Mendeley account but still need to download the desktop version, just sign in to access the download.

Install the Web Importer

To easily download citations from library databases and websites, you must install the Web Importer

The Web Importer works with the following sites and more:

Mendeley Compatible Websites


If you have questions about Mendeley, please contact one of librarians below:

Ann Medaille

Director of Research Services, Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center

Tod Colegrove

Head, DeLaMare Library

Michelle Rachal

Reference & Web Librarian, Savitt Medical Library