Mendeley

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About Mendeley Desktop

About the software

Mendeley is a reference management tool that comes in two components: Mendeley Web (freely available from anywhere with a computer connected to the Internet) and Mendeley Desktop. The former is used to collect references, and the latter is used for advanced management options and for citing. Both are free to use, and Mendeley Desktop is available on all University managed computers. It's the newest addition to our range of reference management tools, and offers an alternative to Paperpile, EndNote or EndNote Online.

Mendeley allows you to:

  • Collect and organise references retrieved when searching online resources
  • Generate bibliographics lists
  • Insert and format in-text citations and reference lists in Microsoft Word

Some of the advantages of Mendeley over other reference management tools are:

  • Compatible PDFs can be converted into references, and a watch folder can be set up to automatically import any downloaded PDFs
  • Mendeley suggests related items based on the contents of your library
  • It has its own PDF reader, allowing you to annotate PDFs and access the annotated versions both locally and online
  • Can be used successfully in all the main Web browsers

Obtaining the software

Mendeley consists of two components: Mendeley Web and Mendeley Desktop. The former is used to collect references, and the latter is used for advanced management options and for citing. Both are free to use, and Mendeley Desktop is available on all University managed computers.

Once you have registered to use Mendeley, you can access it from anywhere with a computer connected to the Internet.

All University of York classroom PCs include Mendeley Desktop, and allow installation of the Mendeley Cite-O-Matic plugin for Microsoft Word.

To use on University of York office / staff  PCs you will need to download Mendeley Desktop from the Software Centre. Mendeley Desktop is free to download for personal use.

Registering 

The Mendeley account is not managed by the University so you cannot simply log on using your University username and password. You can register using any email address. However, to make use of the collaborative tools it may help other users if you register using your UoY address.

For security reasons, do not use your UoY password when you register.

  1. Visit www.mendeley.com; click on Create a free account and complete the registration process. Do not forget to set a good and safe password.
  2. On the next page, select your Field of Study and Academic Status.
  3. Click on Create Account. By doing this, you are agreeing to their Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions.

Desktop component

  1. From within Mendeley Web, from the user dropdown in the top-right, select Download Mendeley.
  2. Follow the download instructions.
  3. When you open the Mendeley Desktop application for the first time you will be prompted to sign into your Mendeley account.

Downloading Plug-ins

There are two available plug-ins from Mendeley website

Web Importer

Import papers, web pages and other documents directly into your reference library from search engines and academic databases. Mendeley Web Importer is available for all major web browsers.

It can be installed from the Mendeley website

Citation Plugin (Mendeley Cite-O-Matic)

Bibliography creation is made easy with the Citation Plugin. It lets you cite as you write. It is fully compatible with Word (including Word for Mac) and LibreOffice. A guide on using Citation Plugin is available on the Mendeley website.

The plugin needs to be installed even on University machines. To install the MS Word Plugin:

  1. Go to Mendeley Desktop
  2. University computers will prompt you to install the Citation Plugin. You can also install it by going to Tools > Install MS Word Plugin (Word must be closed before any installation can be done
  3. Once installed, the plugin appears in the References tab of Word

Documentation, training and support

Documentation

  • Our practical guide, Essential Mendeley
  • Our reference management skill guide which give the pros and cons of all three supported reference management softwares and an overview of what reference management softwares can do
  • Mendeley’s own help guides 

Training

Support