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Homepage / Meet Mendeley: a powerful referencing tool that does the hard work for you!

Meet Mendeley: a powerful referencing tool that does the hard work for you!


Are you looking for a way to manage your references and create reference lists for your assignments or thesis? If so, you may wish to consider using Mendeley.

What is it?

Mendeley is a free reference manager which can be accessed across multiple device via an internet connection.

How can it help me?

Mendeley will help you to:

  • keep your references in order – you can create folders and tags for specific topics
  • annotate and classify your references
  • provide a searchable library of your PDFs
  • create your reference lists in line with the APA7 Author-Date, Cranfield Author-Date and Cranfield Numbered referencing styles, as well as many other journal styles.

Specific features of the free Mendeley service which make it popular among academics are:

  • A Mendeley Web Importer plugin which can be added to your browser to enable search results to be easily imported from websites and databases, including PDFs where available
  • The option to drag and drop documents into your library
  • A search facility across all references within Mendeley to find citations to add to your library
  • Up to 2GB storage space and the option to create five private groups with up to 25 members (ideal for group projects!)

Ready to get started?

Create an account

Want to learn more? 

Check out our guide for using Mendeley

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