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Mendeley is a reference manager (and PDF organization tool for your hard drive) that serves as a bridge between your literature searches and finished papers. With Mendeley you can manage citations and PDFs, insert citations to a Word document, and create a bibliography. Mendeley also has many helpful features for citing in LaTeX.
Mendeley is owned by Elsevier.
Access Mendeley. Download the Mendeley desk top product and sign up for the online version.
An important notice about account creation. Following Elsevier's acquisition of Mendeley, Mendeley has been integrated into the Elsevier account ecosystem. One option Elsevier provides is authentication via CAS/netID credentials. If you want to use Mendeley Desktop, do not create an account using Shibboleth or an institutional account (their wording) at this time. As of December 2018, the desktop (non-web) version of the software does not support institutional account logins.
Otherwise, Mendeley is a freemium tool — it is not included in our Elsevier subscriptions, and individuals and labs generally pay for their own access beyond the free account levels.
Create a Bibliography
There are two options to create a bibliography using Mendeley:
How to use the Word plugin
Click Insert Bibliography.
Note: You can change your citation style in the Mendeley toolbar or find more tools.
How to use a folder
If you are coming into Mendeley at the last minute and would prefer not to use the Word plugin (or have a different word processor), the best way to get your references into your bibliography is to create a folder in Mendeley.
Drag and drop your references into your folder.
Navigate to that folder, select one of the references, and then click CTRL+A (for PC users) or Command+A (for Mac users) to copy the reference.
Right-click to pull up the menu and click Copy As > Formatted Citation.
You can now paste that text into your document.
Note: You will need to make sure that you are using the correct citation style before creating your bibliography from a folder. Citation styles can be found within View > Citation Style.
Mendeley and LaTeX
Mendeley has many helpful features for citing in LaTeX:
In Preferences or Options, navigate to the BibTeX tab.
Ensure that Escape Special Characters is selected.
You can also use journal abbreviations or set up Mendeley to sync a .bib file to a specific folder.
To copy .bib-formatted entries manually to paste into a .bib file (or into an online editor such as ShareLaTeX or Overleaf), first create a folder for your references.
Drag and drop relevant references into that folder.
Navigate to that folder, select one of the references, and then click CTRL+A (for PC/Linux users) or Command+A (for Mac users).
Right-click to pull up the menu and click Copy As > BibTeX entry.