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Citation Managers

Parts of Mendeley

Mendeley desktop programParts of Mendeley

  • Available for free download from the Mendeley website
  • Works with a variety of operating systems


Web Importer

  • Browser-based tool used to add sources to Mendeley
  • Works with different browsers 


Citation plugin

  • Integrates Mendeley within Microsoft Word, LibreOffice, and BibTeX


Mendeley online account

  • Coordinates sources among multiple devices
  • Facilitates group projects 

How to use Mendeley video

How to use Mendeley Desktop, Web Importer & MS Word Plugin (Full Tutorial)

A ten-minute video overview of Mendeley Desktop, Web Importer, and the MS Word Plugin produced by the for-profit business Grad Coach International. 

Downloading and Installing Mendeley

Steps to downloading and installing MendeleyMendeley download webpage

  1. Visit and click Download.  
  2. On the download page, select the Mendeley Desktop program appropriate for your operating system (Mac, Windows, or Linux).
  3. You'll need to create an online Mendeley account. Click Create account (top right corner), and follow the prompts. The free account gives you two gb of cloud space, the ability to create one private group with a maximum of three users. Paid options allow you to increase those limits.
  4. Once you have your account set up, you can edit your profile to share additional details about yourself with colleagues you connect to through Mendeley. You can also mark publications in your library for which you are the author, and Mendeley will track page view, reader and download statistics on those articles for you.
  5. After desktop installation, you'll be asked to login to begin using the Mendeley desktop program.   
  6. Under Tools in the Mendeley desktop program, install the Web Importer and the MS Word Plugin (if you use Microsoft Word).