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A guide to using Mendeley, the social-network citation manager.


Mendeley is a citation manager that helps you import citations from the web and plugs into Word to cite while you write.

Citation managers help organize the citations you collect, and the social network aspect of Mendeley also adds the citations of its users into a big searchable database. Mendeley allows users to create groups and share the articles they use. PDFs can be annotated and notes kept in Mendeley Reference Manager.

Mendeley was created by three Ph.D students in 2007, and the company was founded in 2008. It was later sold to Elsevier in 2013*.

Note: Stevens does not have an institutional subscription to this product, so you will have to create a personal account to use it.

* An interesting commentary on this sale can be found at the New Yorker: "When the Rebel Alliance Sells Out," by David Dobbs, April 12 2013.

Mendeley Tools

Reference Management

  • Mendeley Reference Manager
    The Mendeley Reference Manager (RM) serves as Mendeley's downloadable library organization and annotation tool, replacing Mendeley Desktop.
    • Please note that Mendeley Desktop will no longer be available for download as of Sept. 1, 2022, per Elsevier, but existing users will be able to continue using Desktop at present.
  • Mendeley Web Importer
    The Web Importer connects to your browser to make it easier to import items into your library from the websites and databases in which you find them.
  • Mendeley Cite
    Citation plug-in for Microsoft Word. Download through Mendeley Reference Manager or Desktop (Tools tab) to make sure it's the right one for your version of Word, or find the Office Online/Office 365 plug-in on the Microsoft App store.


  • Mendeley Data Repository
    Collects datasets from many sources and provides a repository for users' datasets, including those publishing articles in Elsevier journals.
  • Mendeley Careers
    Free job posting site for science, technology and health researchers and employers.


No longer available

  • Mendeley Profiles/People Search/Feed/Public Groups
    Recently retired, in an effort by Mendeley to refocus on reference management.
  • Mendeley Mobile App (iOS/Android)


The basic storage plan (2GB) is free and includes the ability to create and support up to 5 shared group libraries of up to 25 users (100MB shared storage across all groups).

More storage is available through "Premium Packages" for a fee:

  • Plus: 5GB for $55/year or $5/month
  • Pro: 10GB for $110/year or $10/month
  • Max: Unlimited GB for $165/year or $15/month


Help & Tutorials

Citation Styles

Citation management tools all come preset with many of the major styles (APA, MLA, Chicago, AMA, etc.) but Mendeley can also import new CSL files to format your citations in the style of whatever journal or publisher with whom you might be working.

Styles can be downloaded within Mendeley Desktop by going to Citation Styles under the View tab, and then clicking on More Styles.

The screen shown here will let you search for the style you need and install it that way, or download via the source URL from one of the libraries below.

It will then appear in the citation style options when you export your items as a bibliography.

Questions? Just ask!

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Vicky Ludas Orlofsky
Research Services Department