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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 to create an account. Use your email address 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. Sign in to your Mendeley account, or create an account if you do not have one.
  2. Join the MIT group here: Go to and click the “Join this Group” link. If you did not use your MIT email to set up your Mendeley account, you’ll be prompted for your MIT email address, and a link will be sent there for joining the group.

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.