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Citation and Reference Management


Mendeley Reference Manager is free software that you can use online and download to a computer. It is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Note: An older Mendeley program, Mendeley Desktop, stopped being available for download in September 2022. For more details see the "Introducing Mendeley Reference Manager" blog post.

Best features: Free (up to 2GB of online storage); user-friendly interface; ability to work offline.

Drawbacks: Small number of reference types; limited group sharing for free accounts; no Google Docs integration (only MS word).

Getting Started With Mendeley Reference Manager

Mendeley Reference Manager offers automatic syncing between online and desktop versions.

Step 1: Create a Mendeley account at

Step 2: (Optional) Download Mendeley Reference Manager: Windows | Mac | Linux  

Step 3: Get Mendeley Cite from Microsoft AppSource.

Step 4: Add the Web importer to your browser for quickly adding articles or webpages to Mendeley.

Introductory Guides

Mendeley Support