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To begin using Mendeley, create a free account online and download the Mendeley Desktop. The Mendeley Desktop is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems.  There is no limit to how many computers the Mendeley Desktop can be installed on.

Web Importer

Install the Web Importer to directly import references and documents from the web browser.  Once the Web Importer is installed, citations are added to Mendeley with a simple click on the bookmark.  A wide variety of sites already support the Web Importer and more are being added.

If you are on a Mac and using Safari, make sure that the "Add bookmark" is set to "Bookmark Bar," not "Bookmark Menu."

Word Processor Plug-In

A word processor plugin is available that allows for inserting references into Word or Open Office documents.  

To install the plug-in, click on the Tools menu within Mendeley Desktop and select the option for the desired word processor.

For example, to install the MS Word plugin:

When installed the plugin will appear as below on Microsoft Windows:


Mobile App

Mendeley is available as a mobile app for the iPad and iPhone.  It is a free download from the iTunes App Store.

Mendeley is also available as a mobile app for Android.  It is a free download from the Google Play App Store.


Throughout this UAH Library subject guide page for Mendeley, information came from several different sources.  Chief among those are the Mendeley research guide pages from Michigan State University Libraries (with a shout-out to Suzanne Teghtmeyer for her great documentation!) and also from the Elsevier library subject guide template. 

Ithayakumar, Y. (2015). LibGuides: Copy of Mendeley LibGuide test 2: Home. Retrieved September 14, 2016, from

Teghtmeyer, S., & Emery, K. (n.d.). LibGuides: Mendeley: About Mendeley. Retrieved September 8, 2016, from