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This guide can help you get started using the citation management tool Mendeley.

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What is Mendeley?

"Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network. Make your own fully-searchable library in seconds, cite as you write, and read and annotate your PDFs on any device."

What can you do with Mendeley?

  • Create bibliographies of various source types including books, articles, websites, videos, and more
  • Create a fully searchable library of full-text documents
  • Highlight and annotate documents, and share your notes with other researchers
  • Organize sources using folders, groups, tags, and filters
  • Collaborate with other scholars, students, and researchers through an online network
  • Find additional relevant resources based on what you are reading

What comes with a free Mendeley account?

Some of the features available with a free Mendeley account include:

  • 2GB of storage (additional storage is available for purchase)
  • Full integration between Mendeley platforms
  • Access to a free and open database
  • Paper recommendations
  • Group research collections 
  • Citation plugins for word processing software
  • Online/Desktop/Mobile Platforms
  • Social networking with other researchers