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About Mendeley

Mendeley is a free desktop and cloud application that helps you manage your research. Also known as a reference or citation manager, it has built-in tools to help you read and annotate articles. Mendeley allows you to organize PDFs, other documents, and citations into folders and collaborate with other researchers. It backs up your research library and syncs to the web and smart phone or tablet devices. It is also a social network for scholars across the globe with an online research library that you can use to discover research papers.

After downloading and installing Mendeley Desktop, install the MS Word Plugin and the Web Importer. Instructions for installing the plugin are on the Creating Works Cited/Bibliographies and Web Importer pages of this guide as well as on

Mendeley was created in 2008 as a startup and bought by Elsevier in 2013.


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