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This guide was adapted from a LibGuide created by Kate McGraw at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

Mendeley is a set of tools designed to help you gather and organize PDFs, cite references accurately when you write, and share documents with groups.

  • Set up your Mendeley account on the web, download the desktop application (Microsoft Windows, Mac, Linux) on any number of computers, and install the app on your mobile devices (iOS, Android). Sync your Mendeley library between all your workspaces.
  • From the desktop application, download and install the Word Plugin compatible with Windows Word 2007, 2010, 2013; Mac Word 2011, 2016; and LibreOffice.
  • Install the Web Importer to save citations from databases.‚Äč

A free Mendeley account provides:

  • Personal Web Space with 2GB of storage space (about 2,000 to 8,300 PDFs depending on the size of the PDF).
  • Shared Web Space to create up to 5 private groups with a maximum of 25 people per group.

The Mendeley Support site is a great place to look more information on all aspects of the program.

Get Started with Mendeley

  1. Create a Mendeley account
  2. Install Mendeley Desktop on your computer
  3. Install the Web Importer for your browser


Thank you to Kate McGraw at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill who allowed me to heavily borrow from her Mendeley LibGuide.

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