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Mendeley: About Mendeley


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Mendeley is a free tool that can help you store and organise the references that you find during your research.  This reference information can then be used to automatically insert citations and a fully formatted reference list into your Word documents.  

There are two versions of Mendeley available - a desktop version (Reference Manager) and online. It is possible to use both versions and sync them together.  The best way to navigate this guide is to go to Mendeley Online and then Reference Manager.  

Mendeley Desktop

Elsevier is migrating from the older (legacy) Mendeley Desktop and Cite-o-Matic system to the new Mendeley Reference Manager and Mendeley Cite system.  

This page refers to the legacy Mendeley Desktop software, You will no longer be able to download and install Mendeley Desktop from the 1 September 2022. 

About Mendeley

Mendeley is freely available as:

  • Reference Manager: a desktop software application, that can be downloaded and installed on your Windows, Mac Linux computer.
  • Mendeley Onliner: Mendeley Web which allows synchronisation across devices and is automatically created when registering for Mendeley.
  • Mendeley Desktop:  Legacy software available from all Swansea University computers.   


Mendeley Desktop @ swansea

Mendeley (desktop version) is in the Common Apps section on open access computers.

To download your own copy of Mendeley for Windows go to

A version of Mendeley is available for the Macintosh.   To download your own copy go to


Mendeley videos

Mendeley YouTube video channel

A large number of videos are available to help with Mendeley covering everything from a general introduction to specific tasks.  Click the Mendeley YouTube channel link to see more

Library Services

Please check the library web site for the latest news about our opening hours and facilities.

Getting Started

Go to

Click "Create Account" and complete the online form.

You have now registered for Mendeley Online and created your online Mendeley library. 

Mendeley Online is an online version of Mendeley - accessible via the Browser.  The online version is enough for most student work.  

Syncing the two versions

It is possible to use both versions and sync them together. 

  • Set up an online account
  • In the desktop version Go to Edit then Preferences.
  • Select the sync option and enter your online username and password.
  • Click the Enable sync button to activate your account

‚ÄčIf you already have references in one of your libraries it would be helpful to watch the tutorial video below first to make sure you don't get conflicts.

Ask a Librarian

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