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Mendeley: Get Started

This guide will help you use Mendeley, the reference manager and academic collaboration network.

What is Mendeley?

Mendeley

Mendely is a freely available reference manager and academic social network with web-based, desktop, and mobile versions; You can sync your library of papers between these different versions and across different computers.

UC Berkeley Mendeley users have access to Mendeley Institutional Edition if they have associated their berkeley.edu email addresses with their accounts and joined the official UCB Mendeley group. This gives UC Berkeley users 100GB personal library space, 100GB shared library space, 100 collaborators in private groups, and unlimited private groups. 

Non-UC Berkeley Mendeley users can still sign up for a free account, which offers 2GB of web space and the ability to create 1 private group with up to 3 members, or can upgrade to a premium plan to access more space or groups.

How to Get Started with Mendeley

Mobile Platforms

Hands-on Learning

Other Reference Managers

Reference managers (also called citation managers or bibliographic management software) offer a way to save, organize and manage references. Many work with word processing software to format in-text citations and bibliographies for papers and theses, allow you to share references, and enable you to attach or link PDFs to a citation record.

Wikipedia comparison of reference management software

New RefWorks / (Legacy RefWorks) 

  • RefWorks guide (mostly covers Legacy RefWorks)
  • Free to UC Berkeley users
  • Web-based: use at any computer with internet access
  • Format bibliographies in Word or Google Docs (in New RefWorks)
  • Capture citation data from some PDFs
  • Search and annotate PDFs
  • Share and collaboratively edit lists of references
Zotero
  • Zotero Guide
  • Free (up to 300 MB web storage) and open source
  • Sync Zotero to access your library from any computer with internet access
  • Format bibliographies in Word and OpenOffice
  • Capture citation data from PDFs and web pages
  • Share and collaboratively edit lists of references
EndNote
  • EndNote Guide
  • Discounted to UC Berkeley users
  • Desktop-based software (plus EndNote Web)
  • Format bibliographies in Word or Open Office
  • Capture citation data from some PDFs
  • Annotate PDFs
  • Use UC-eLinks to find the full text of articles from within EndNote
  • Share lists of references with other EndNote users.
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