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Why use Mendeley?

The Newsam Library does NOT currently support Mendeley. However, the software is freely available to download on your own machine.  Use this guide to learn how to use Mendeley.

How to Get Mendeley

There are a couple different ways for you to access and use Mendeley. The following links will lead you to each where you can decide which works best for you. 

  • Download Mendeley Desktop: this is the actual program that allows you to organize PDFs and sync to your online account. It is compatible with Windows (XP, Vista, or 7), Mac (OS X 10.5+) and Linux.

  • Mendeley Online: from here you can sign into your account, import citations straight from databases, access your libraries from anywhere, and sync to your Mendeley Desktop.

  • Web Importer: add this to your bookmark toolbar and you can import citations directly from databases and websites to your Mendeley library. This page also lists the companies that are compatible with the importer. 


Creative Commons License


Mendeley is another one of the bibliographic managment software packages available freely.  Like EndNote and Zotero, it can be an extremely valuable tool when doing research and composing papers. The program stores your references, figures, and PDFs all in one place on your computer, which makes retrieving these items easy. Mendeley also works with Microsoft Word and Open Office to insert in-text citations and compose bibliographies with just a few mouse clicks. The social networking feature lets you interact with colleagues on research as well as see what other people in your field worldwide find interesting

The tabs along the top will guide you through using Mendeley:

  • This page tells you about Mendeley and what it has to offer as well as how to download it
  • Getting Started shows how to use Mendeley from creating a library to managing references
  • Mendeley & Word explains how to create citations and bibliographies in Word using Mendeley
  • Advanced Topics and Hints & Tips gives more in depth information on using Mendeley including settings and groups
  • Mendeley Help gives links to more help for using Mendeley

Mendeley Blog

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Don't like Mendeley?

Check out EndNote or Zotero as an alternative, or see what other citation managers can do:


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Referencing Help


More referencing information can be found in the following LibGuides:

You can also find guides for the following referencing software:

Books in the Library