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Mendeley - reference management tool


Mendeley is a free-to-use reference management tool. With Mendeley you can store, organize, share, and cite your references and research data. Mendeley can also automatically create a bibliography in your chosen citation style.

You can use Mendeley with your browser or with the help of software that you download and install on your computer. The following software tools are available:

  • Web Importer is an add-on that you install to your browser. The Web Importer allows you to save references and documents to your Mendeley account.
  • Mendeley Cite is a tool that works with Microsoft Word. This tool allows you to create in-text references and bibliographies.
  • Mendeley Reference Manager is a piece of software that you install on your computer. Mendeley Reference Manager allows you to organize your references and related documents. In appearance and functionality, it is the same as Mendeley's browser version.

More information about compatability with different word processing software and operating systems can be found here: https://service.elsevier.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/18117/p/16075/supporthub/mendeley/related/1/

The software used to be called Mendeley Desktop, but this version is no longer updated and can not be downloaded.

Creating an account

To use Mendeley you need an Elsevier account. Register a new account at www.mendeley.com/join. It works with any email address. If you already have an Elsevier account, e.g. from using ScienceDirect, it is best to use the same account. Once you are logged in, you have access to storage space for saving references and PDF files in your Mendeley library.

Mendeley is free to use and you can create an account free of charge. There is also a Premium version, but Arcada Library does not offer access to the licensed version.