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Citation and Research Management Tools: Mendeley

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Mendeley Resources

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About Mendeley

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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.

      Getting Started with Mendeley

      Mendeley Features


      • Cross-platform: Mendeley Desktop has full support for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
      • Secure backup: Any documents synced in the desktop client will be backed up on the web.
      • Mobile devices: Read papers anywhere with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.
      • Install on multiple computers: Install Mendeley on multiple computers and access your entire library.


      • Full text search: Mendeley Desktop creates a fully searchable database of your papers.
      • Automatic metadata extraction: Mendeley automatically extracts metadata from the papers you import.
      • Highlight and annotate: Organize your own notes and highlights and share them with others.
      • Flexible organization: Groups, tags, and filters let you organise your way.


      • Research collaboration: Use research groups to collaborate with your peers and colleagues.
      • Trends and statistics: Get real-time readership statistics and view trends in your research area.
      • Track your own publications: Find out how many people are reading and downloading your own research.
      • Related research: Get personalized suggestions on interesting papers to read.


      • Microsoft Word / Open Office: Our plugins let you easily insert bibliographies into your documents.

      Using Mendeley

      Mendeley Benefits

      Mendeley can serve as a heavy-duty reference manager, suitable for long-term research projects and is also a great tool for organizing a robust collection of PDFs. Mendeley also provides users with a rich social networking experience. Mendeley allows you to make your work discoverable to other researchers. You can also easily share resources with collaborators using Mendeley groups