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Mendeley is a freely available reference manager with web-based and desktop 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.
Reference manager and academic social network with web-based, desktop, and mobile versions. Save, organize, and share sources you find during your research. Automatically format in-text citations and bibliographies.
Sign up with your UC Berkeley email address to access premium features, which include 100GB personal library space, 100GB shared library space, 100 collaborators in private groups, and unlimited private groups. See this Mendeley guide for more information.
*Note: as of 9/1/22, Mendeley Desktop will no longer be available for download / installation. Mendeley Desktop isn’t supported in MacOS 10.15 Catalina or MacOS 11 Big Sur
To insert citations and bibliographies into your document, you have two options. One may work better with your word processing setup than the other (see info under Text Processors). Do not try to use both at the same time. Neither allows you to insert citations in Google Docs:
*Note: Mendeley Cite is an Add-in, so you need to have appropriate permissions to install Add-ins. The Office 365 supplied by UCB does not allow the installation of Add-ins. You can try Mendeley Desktop and Mendeley Desktop Citation Plugin as alternatives if they work with your OS. Otherwise, you may want to choose another citation manager like Zotero.
For all set-ups, to build your reference library while discovering articles online:
See link for library citation management workshops.
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.