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Citation Management Software - Mendeley

Mendeley is a free desktop and cloud application that helps you manage your research.

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About Mendeley

Mendeley logo​Mendeley a free cloud-based application that helps you manage your research. Also known as a reference or citation manager, it has built-in tools to help you read and annotate articles. Mendeley allows you to organize PDFs, other documents, and citations into folders and collaborate with other researchers. It backs up your research library and syncs to the web and smart phone or tablet devices. It is also a social network for scholars across the globe with an online research library that you can use to discover research papers.

Mendeley was created in 2008 as a startup and bought by Elsevier in 2013.

New Changes with Mendeley

Download and Start Using Mendeley

We recommend using Mendeley Reference Manager (not "Mendeley Desktop"), installing Mendeley Cite and the Web Importer. These will work for Chromebooks and the newest Mac OS. Instructions for installing the plugin are on the Creating Bibliographies and Mendeley Web pages of this guide as well as on

Navigating this Guide

Begin using Mendeley by exploring 5 methods to add citations to Mendeley. Follow the tabs on the side navigation of this guide in order to learn about how different features work.

Questions, Comments or Feedback?

Please contact one of UO's local Mendeley experts with your concerns about this guide or this citation management tool.

Thanks to IUPUI University Library for allowing UO Libraries to adapt their Mendeley Guide under a Creative Commons license. Mendeley logo by Team Mendeley, used under a CC-BY 2.0 license.

Getting Started with the new Mendeley Reference Manager (video tutorial)

Upgrade from Mendeley Desktop to the new Mendeley Reference Manager in 3 Steps:

  1. Make sure you’ve synced your existing Mendeley Desktop library
  2. Download and install Mendeley Reference Manager
  3. Sign in using your Mendeley credentials and your existing library will sync

Note: As of 6 May 2021, you can continue to use both MRM and MD as long as you remember to sync MD at times.

Citation Management Workshops at UO Libraries

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Check for scheduled Citation Management Workshops at UO Libraries and sign up at the link below:


Read about all UO Libraries workshops:

If you prefer a one-on-one or small group consultation, contact a local expert on the Help pages of the citation management guide.

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