Mendeley is a free research management tool that allows you to collect and organize the sources that you find in library databases and on the internet. Mendeley offers the ability to share references and collaborate with others in groups, and it integrates with Microsoft Word, allowing you to automatically insert citations into a Word document and generate bibliographies using a variety of citation styles.
The simplest way to gather references using Mendeley is by using the Mendeley Web Importer browser add-on. Once this Web Importer is installed, you can click the Mendeley icon on any webpage, and a popup window will appear that will allow you to select references from that page, and add them to your library.
The Web Importer can gather citations from most library research databases, along with web research tools like Google Scholar, and many websites. If the Web Importer does not gather complete citation information from a certain source, you can edit the citation in the importer's popup window before adding it to your library.
If you prefer, you can also add references to your Mendeley library using Mendeley Desktop or the Mendeley Reference Manager, either manually entering the source's information, or by dragging and dropping PDFs into the Mendeley application window. Instructions on manually adding references using each program are here:
Both Mendeley Research Manager and Mendeley Desktop provide ways to search and organize your references.
Mendeley allows you to share references with other researchers using its Groups feature. Members of a Mendeley group can access, edit and annotate references collaboratively. Users of the free version of Mendeley can create up to 5 groups, and include up to 25 collaborators for each group.
While it is possible to participate in groups using the Mendeley website and the Mendeley Reference Manager, most group management tools require Mendeley Desktop, so we recommend using Mendeley Desktop if you wish you create groups and invite other researchers to them..
Instructions on creating and managing collaborative groups with Mendeley Desktop are here:
(Note that these instructions contain outdated information on the number of groups available to users of the free version of Mendeley. Also, Mendeley documentation exists referring to "public groups" as well as "private groups"-- but Mendeley recently discontinued its public group function, so all Mendeley groups are now "private groups.")
Please don't hesitate to contact a Meredith librarian if you need any help with installing or using Mendeley!
Mendeley Support can also be contacted directly via chat and email:
To begin using Mendeley:
1. Create an account at www.mendeley.com. You can use your Meredith email or a personal email address to create your account. This online Mendeley account will allow you to collect and organize references in your online Mendeley library (Note that if you have already created an account in Scopus, you can use this same account for Mendeley and will not need to create a new account).
2. Download and install the Mendeley Web Importer for your preferred browser (Chrome, Firefox or Edge). This browser extension will allow you to automatically gather citation information and full text PDFs from library research databases and other websites.
3 (Optional) Download and install a desktop version of Mendeley: either Mendeley Desktop (recommended) or Mendeley Reference Manager. Mendeley Reference Manager is a new, but still somewhat limited, desktop app that offers the same functions as Mendeley's Web interface: it allows you to collect and organize references, and it automatically syncs with your online Mendeley library. Mendeley Desktop offers additional functionality, including the ability to export citations and create bibliographies from your saved references, and to create and manage collaborative groups for sharing references.
4. If you wish to integrate Mendeley with Microsoft Word, either download Mendeley Cite (compatible with Office 365, Word 2016 and after, and Word for iPad) or use Mendeley Desktop to install the the Mendeley Citation Plugin (compatible with Word 2016 and earlier).
Mendeley Cite is an add-on for Microsoft Word which allows you to access your Mendeley reference library directly from a Microsoft word document. It allows you to find and insert in-text and bibliography citations using a wide variety of citation styles, and it can automatically generate a bibliography from the citations you have placed in your document.
Mendeley Cite is compatible with Office 365, Word 2016 and above, and Word for iPad. If you have an earlier version of Word, you can integrate it with your Mendeley library using the Mendeley Citation Plugin, which can be added to Word via the Mendeley Desktop app.
You can use Mendeley Desktop to create formatted citations and bibliographies from your references and reference collections.
To do this, first select a citation style from the "View" menu of Mendeley Desktop.
Then, right-click on the reference you wish to cite, and select "Copy As" --> "Formatted citation." This will copy the reference to your clipboard as a citation which can be pasted in a word processor document or a Google Doc. (You can also do the same thing by dragging and dropping the reference from the Mendeley center panel to you word processor document or Google Doc).
To create multiple citations at once, you can Ctrl-click on each reference that you want, and then right-click on your selection to copy them as formatted citations.
(Creating bibliographies and formatted citations is not yet possible with Mendeley Reference Manager, although Mendeley says they are planning to add this feature in the future.)
If you are online, references that you create and edit using the Mendeley Reference Manager will automatically sync with your online Mendeley account, so you don't have to worry about losing work.
Mendeley Desktop can also be synced with your online Mendeley account via the "sync" button in the program's control bar:
Mendeley integrates with the Scopus database, allowing direct export of citations from Scopus to your Mendeley reference library.
To export citations from Scopus to Mendeley, begin by logging in to Scopus with your Mendeley credentials-- your Mendeley account is also a Scopus account, so you can use the same credentials that you use for Mendeley. (If you are not yet logged in to Scopus, selecting the "Export" option in Scopus will prompt you to choose Mendeley as your reference manager, and then to log in).
Once you are logged into Scopus, you can use the Save to Mendeley option to export any number of references from your search results to Mendeley--first select the results you are interested in, and then click "Save to Mendeley."
Or, once you click into a citation in Scopus, you can use the "Save to Mendeley" option to save that individual citation to your Mendeley library: