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Mendeley Reference Manager: Mendeley Reference Manager

Features of Mendeley

Manage your references

The new Mendeley Reference Manager helps you simplify the tasks of building and organizing your reference library, making notes and annotations across papers, collaborating with others and inserting citations and bibliographies into the papers you’re writing.

It is available as both a desktop and web app:


Build your library

Import references using a variety of methods:

  • Drag and drop PDFs from your computer
  • Import files from your computer
  • Manually create an entry

Organize and find references

  • Organize your references using Mendeley’s smart collections or by creating your own custom collections
  • Search your references by author, title, year and source

Collaborate with groups

  • Private Groups: These invite-only groups allow you to share PDFs and annotations
  • Public Groups: Share references with your open and invite-only public groups

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Insert citations into your Microsoft® Word document

Use the Mendeley Cite add-in for Microsoft Word to generate citations and bibliographies:

  • Find and insert individual or multiple references, and generate a bibliography of all the references you've cited
  • Edit a reference in a citation
  • Choose your preferred citation style by selecting from 1000s of different citation styles
  • Refresh references to update them with any changes made to your library
  • Use Mendeley Cite without Mendeley Reference Manager being open or installed

Mendeley Cite is compatible with Microsoft Word 2016 or above, Microsoft Online, Microsoft Office 365 and the Microsoft Word app for iPad®.

Get Mendeley Cite BETA at:

Highlight and annotate PDFs

  • Annotate PDFs with sticky notes
  • Highlight text, using different colors to differentiate
  • Work on multiple PDFs at once using the multi-tab format
  • Mendeley remembers where you reach in a document and opens your PDFs in the same location on all devices

Access your library anywhere

  • Mendeley Reference Manager desktop and web versions are identical in look and functionality
  • Your library automatically syncs with its backup in the cloud whenever you add references or make changes
  • Set your library to be available offline and work where you want

New! Mendeley Notebook

Collect together all the highlights and comments you make across multiple PDFs using your Mendeley Notebook:

  • Add any highlighted text from a PDF to your Notebook in one click
  • Navigate back to the source of any highlight by selecting it in your Notebook
  • Keep the same Notebook page in view while switching between PDFs
  • Make as many Notebook pages as you need

New! Mendeley Web Importer

Import articles from the Internet using the new Mendeley Web Importer. It detects article identifiers on the page you are viewing and automatically retrieves metadata and PDF full texts (where available) for you to add to your library.

Mendeley Web Importer is available for Google Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Edge.

Get Mendeley Web Importer:

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