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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

Mendeley 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 gain access to Mendeley Institutional Edition (MIE) by accessing Mendeley via a UCB IP address (note: when off-campus, use the proxy browser bookmarklet, or the Mendeley link below, or the VPN Full Tunnel, to take you through a UCB IP address). This gives UC Berkeley users 100GB personal library space, 100GB shared library space, 100 collaborators in private groups, and unlimited private groups. After leaving UC Berkeley, alumni will have access to MIE for 12 months.  Contact librarian Becky Miller with questions or problems concerning MIE.

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

Note: Mendeley is moving away from Mendeley Desktop to a new "Mendeley Reference Manager," which is currently available in beta. However, it appears that features users appreciate in Desktop are not yet available in Reference Manager, so you may want to use Desktop while it's still available (Mendeley Reference Manager replaced Mendeley Web as of 9/7/2020).

To insert citations and bibliographies into your document, you have two options. One may work better with your word processing setup than the other:

OR:

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

RefWorks 

  • RefWorks guide
  • Free to UC Berkeley users
  • Web-based: use at any computer with internet access
  • Format bibliographies in Word or Google Docs
  • Capture citation data from some PDFs
  • Search and annotate PDFs
  • Share and collaboratively edit lists of references
Zotero
  • Zotero guide; learn how to use Zotero with this self-paced Zotero tutorial
  • Free (up to 300 MB web storage, or store pdfs in Box and sync with ZotFile)
  • Sync Zotero to access your library from any computer with internet access
  • Format bibliographies in Word, OpenOffice, and Google Docs
  • Capture citation data from PDFs and web pages
  • Annotate pdfs, and extract annotations, with ZotFile
  • 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.