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Mendeley: About Mendeley

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Mendeley logoWelcome to this short guide on how to reference correctly using Mendeley.

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 and an online one. It is possible to use both versions and sync them together.  If you are new to Mendeley start with Get Started.  We also recommend that you watch the online video tutorials and look at the PDF documents available on thee home page

About Mendeley

Mendeley is freely available as:

  • Mendeley Online, Mendeley Web which will allows synchronisation across devices and is automatically created when registering for Mendeley.
  • Mendeley Desktop, a desktop software application, that can be downloaded and installed on your Windows, Mac or Linux computer. (The desktop version is also on all Swansea University computers).   
  • Reference Manager

There are two Referencing Tools available for output of  intext citations and referencing lists

  • Mendeley Word-plug 
  • Mendeley Cite.

There is also an optional Web Importer designed to capture website references and citations.


Mendeley Desktop

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


Getting Started

Go to

Click "Create Account" and complete the online form.

You have now created 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.

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