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Citation Help: Mendeley

Mendeley

Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research.

What does Mendeley do?

  • Automatically generate bibliographies
  • Collaborate easily with other researchers online
  • Easily import papers from other research software
  • Find relevant papers based on what you’re reading
  • Access your papers from anywhere online
  • Read papers on the go, with their iPhone app

Why should you use Mendeley?

  • It's free but there are costs for upgraded storage. If you want to continue to use a citation management software after graduation, when you will no longer have access to University’s EndNote subscription.
  • If you have a huge number of PDF files in your computer that you want to import into a citation manager, Mendeley works the most smoothly for this purpose. Mendeley’s file organizer can automatically rename your PDFs and file them in a clear folder structure.
  • Mendeley’s Web Importer allows you to import references from websites and databases into your Mendeley library with a single click. It works well with Google Scholar, IEEE Xplore and PubMed.
    • If you work a lot with Science Direct and Scopus, Mendeley is probably the best tool, since it can directly import references from Science Direct and Scopus.
  • Mendeley's social media features enable you to share your research with a network of people, find out what citations other people are compiling in their libraries, or search Web Catalog which is Mendeley’s crowd-sourced research catalog with millions of papers.

Mendeley Help

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Timothy Arnold
Contact:
100 Main Library
Suite 1026
319-384-1026