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Mendeley is a free citation and research manager similar to Endnote. This page offers information that will help you create and build a reference library and use Mendeley to add properly formatted references to your papers.


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Mendeley is a free reference management system where you can collect, manage, cite, create groups, and share research. Mendeley is essentially a free version of Endote, with a handful of Endnote's features missing. Mendeley is like Endnote, in that you can add documents to your research library, make annotations to PDFs and later, using the included add-on, to cite the references whilst writing. Mendeley is compatible with Microsoft Windows, Mac, Linux and they have an App for iOS (iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches). Your references can be synced to Mendeley's servers. You can access it through your online Mendeley account. Mendeley will also work with Microsoft Word and insert citations into research papers and create bibliographies from the citations.

This guide contains information on setting up Mendeley on your computer, adding references, inserting and formatting bibliographies, more advanced tips and a comparison between Mendeley and the rival applications of RefWorks, Endnote and Zotero.

While we at the Health Sciences Library provide full support for the rival applications of RefWorks and Endnote, if you have any questions, we are here to help via chat, email, or phone (919-962-0800).