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Mendeley: About Mendeley

Mendeley is a free citation management tool to help you discover, organize, and cite research.

About Mendeley

Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research.

  • Automatically generate bibliographies
  • Collaborate easily with other researchers online
  • Easily import papers from other research software
  • Find relevant papers based on what you’re reading
  • Access your papers from anywhere online
  • Read papers on the go, with our new iPhone app

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Mendeley vs. Zotero

Milne Library offers some support for two free citation managers, Mendeley and Zotero. 

Both Zotero and Mendeley help you collect, organize and cite your research. Which tool is best for you depends on how you do your work.

Zotero is best for grabbing citations from the web (including library databases), but must be used with Firefox, Chrome or Safari.

Mendeley is best for handling PDF files and organizing them on your computer.

If you have questions about which tool is right for you, contact Brandon West (our Mendeley expert) or Tracy Paradis (our Zotero expert.)

About Mendeley

Install Mendeley

To get the best use of Mendeley, you need to do three things:

  1. Sign up for a Mendeley account and download the desktop software
  2. Install the MS Word plugin
  3. Install any citation styles you may need that don't come pre-installed.

See the videos below for help.

Install the MS Word Plugin

Installing additional Citation Styles

Your Expert Librarian

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Brandon West
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Subjects: Anthropology, Sociology