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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

  1. Go to to create an account. You can use an email and password or sign in via MIT to use Touchstone. Sign in from the MIT network to get extra storage.
  2. Download Mendeley Reference Manager.
  3. Add the Web Importer to your browser.
  4. Search for an article in a database. Click the 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.

  1. Install Mendeley Cite in Word by clicking Insert > Get Add-ins and selecting Admin Managed. Can't find your Mendeley Cite add-in after you install it? Look under Insert > My Add-ins. 


  1. See the Mendeley Quick Start Guide for more information. Note that this is for Mendeley Desktop. Mendeley Reference Manager will look similar, but have fewer features.

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 away from campus. 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).