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Getting Started with Mendeley

Mendeley Basics

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:

  • A desktop component available for download (Mendeley Desktop) 
  • 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 Mendeley.com. Enter your name and email address and click on the "Create 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.

Getting Help

See the links below to learn more about using Mendeley.

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