Are you looking for a way to manage your references and to 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 also offers links to an academic social network and a library of resources.  It can be accessed anywhere in the world and has online, desktop and mobile versions.

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 Cranfield Author-Date and Cranfield Numbered referencing styles
  • collaborate with colleagues.

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
  • The ability to synchronise your online and desktop library
  • A search facility across all references within Mendeley to find citations to add to your library
  • A mobile version for both IOS and Android devices
  • Up to 2GB storage space and the option to create one group with up to three collaborators (ideal for group projects!)

Ready to get started?

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Want to learn more? 

Check out your Library’s guide on using Mendeley:


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