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Mendeley: Citation Management

Mendeley is a free citation management program. It is NOT supported by UGA, as are RefWorks and EndNote, but it is an option.

What is it?

Citation managers, like Mendeley, EndNote, RefWorks, and Zotero, help you to gather all your sources and citations into your own mini-database. Mendeley calls this database your Library. You can search and organize your Library citations. Mendeley will also communicate with your word processing program, so you can insert citations into your papers in a style, such as APA or MLA. You can also link PDF files to entries in your Library, making it easier to sort through and view your full text articles. You can catch and merge duplicates, and correct errors.

How do I get it?

You can download versions for Mac, iOS, PC, and Linux from Then you have some further steps:

  • Create an online profile
  • Download the Mendeley Desktop
  • Add the Mendeley Web Importer to your web browser - also called the Bookmarklet
  • Download a plug-in to make sure the Mendeley toolbar, or menu (for some programs), is in your word processing program.

These steps are covered in either the video below, or the videos on the "How To" tab.