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Citation Management and Writing Tools: Mendeley

A guide describing software to help with citation management, writing, and other parts of the research process.

Get started with Mendeley

‚Äč1. Go to mendeley.com to create an account. Use your mit.edu email address and sign in from the MIT network to get extra storage.

2. Download Mendeley.

3. Add the Web Importer to your browser.

4. Search for an article in a database. Click the Save to Mendeley button to save a citation from a website.

  

5. You will be prompted to sign into your account if you are not already. Mendeley will try to find the bibliographic information from that website. Choose a folder and click Save.

5. While you are writing, use the Mendeley Cite-O-Matic under the references tab in Word to insert citations and a bibliography.

6. See the Mendeley Quick Start Guide for more information.

Mendeley at MIT

With MIT's Mendeley Institutional account you get:

  • 100 GB of personal space in Mendeley (vs. 2 GB with the free, unaffiliated version)
  • 100 GB of shared space (vs. 100 MB with a free account)
  • the ability to create an unlimited number of shared groups with up to 100 members

Access our subscription:

  1. Create a Mendeley account if you do not have one.
  2. Sign into your account from the MIT network. Use the VPN if you are abroad. If you do not automatically have access to the premium features, email us and we can manually add you to MIT's account.
  3. You must log into your account using the MIT network at least once during a 12-month period to maintain premium access. You will be notified 10 days before your premium access expires. If you have graduated, you can pay for extra storage or use the storage included with a free account (2 GB).

Adding Barton items to Mendeley

You cannot import information directly from our Barton catalog, however, the import does work from Bartonplus (this catalog searches resources in our library as well as articles from some of our electronic databases).

Integrating Mendeley and Zotero

Mendeley can automatically import citations and PDFs that are stored in Zotero. This can be a useful set up if you find that Mendeley does not import well from the databases you regularly search in.