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Guide to getting started with Mendeley citation software.

Software Changes

As of late 2022, Mendeley is no longer supporting their previous desktop product, Mendeley Desktop. If you already have it installed, Mendeley Desktop should still work but it will no longer be updated. Its functionality can't be guaranteed over the long term.

The new desktop software is called Mendeley Reference Manager; it's recommended that you switch over to Mendeley Reference Manager by downloading the new product. Your library will be automatically synced when you log into the new program with your existing account. Both can be installed on a computer at the same time, so you can set up the new program and be sure everything transferred well before you uninstall the old program.

This guide is based on Mendeley Desktop and will be updated in 2023. For the most up to date support, visit Mendeley's excellent official support guides:

What Is Mendeley?

Mendeley LogoMendeley is a desktop and web-based software that is used to manage and share research papers, discover research data, and collaborate online. Import documents and research papers into a library, annotate PDFs, organize with folders, and share or collaborate with other Mendeley users. Mendley works with Microsoft Word and OpenOffice to generate citations and bibliographies in all standard styles, including APA, Chicago, MLA, AMA, and CSE.

Questions? Interested in a consultation to learn more? Contact Christie Silkotch, Mendeley Coordinator, at


Download Mendeley 

Available for:

  • Windows 7 and later
  • Mac OS X
  • Linux
  • iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad

Create an Account

 Create a free account

Create a free account to use the online version and/or the desktop version of Mendeley.