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Mendeley: Getting Started


What Is Mendeley?

Mendeley is a free reference manager that runs on a crowdsourced database of references contributed by its community of users. Mendeley works with all major operating systems and web browsers, and integrates with Microsoft Word to create accurate citations and bibliographies in any citation style.

Installing Mendeley

New to using Mendeley?  Follow these three steps to get started:

STEP ONE: Download Mendeley to your computer

Mendeley offers desktop clients for Windows, MacOS, and Linux

STEP TWO: Create a Mendeley account

Register for free with Mendeley.  Please note that Mendeley does not connect to your existing RIT computing account; you will need to create a unique account with Mendeley.

STEP THREE: Install the Mendeley Web Importer

The Web Importer is available for Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Edge.  Install the Web Importer for the browser of your choice.

Mendeley Reference Manager (beta)

Mendeley has released a next-generation tool called the Reference Manager, which provides greater integration between your desktop and the Web.  Though Mendeley Desktop is still supported, you may wish to download Reference Manager and begin experimenting with this newest version of Mendeley.

Mendeley Desktop

Open the Mendeley Deskop program from your desktop and log in with your Mendeley account information

Mendeley Desktop will sync with all documents stored in your Web Library

Mendeley Web

If you log into the Mendeley website with your Mendeley account, you can also access your library of documents.

You can also use the Notebook feature to create and save research notes and annotations:

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Use of RIT resources is reserved for current RIT students, faculty and staff for academic and teaching purposes only.
Please contact your librarian with any questions.

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