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CHM 7010 - Turning Research into a Thesis: Mendeley

Provides links to relevant tutorials for database searching and use of Mendeley as well as links to resources about technical writing.

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.

Mendeley currently has a new product called Mendeley Reference Manager. This is a different product than the Mendeley Desktop, although they offer very similar services. This guide will walk you through how to use Mendeley Desktop ( 

Notes for Mac Users:

  • Mac Users who have OS Sierra and High Sierra may need to download an older version of Mendeley (version 1.16.3 - see here for it to work on your machines.
  • The new Mendeley Reference Manager software (2020) is not compatible with macOS 10.15 (Catalina). Neither is the Desktop Word Plugin. You will have to use Mendeley Cite.
  • If you have macOS 10.14 (Mojave), you can use either Mendeley Desktop OR the new Mendeley Reference Manager.
  • If you have OSX 10.10 - 10.13, you can use Mendeley Desktop.

After downloading and installing Mendeley Desktop, I recommend you install the MS Word Plugin and the Web Importer. 

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

Thanks to IUPUI University Library for allowing UO Libraries to adapt their Mendeley Guide under a Creative Commons license.

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