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Mendeley Research Manager: Why Mendeley?


Why Mendeley?

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Mendeley is a free reference manager that can help you collect references, organize your citations, and create bibliographies.  

The strength of Mendeley, however, is what it adds to that. Mendeley is also an academic social network that enables you to share your research with  others. Researchers can collaborate online in public or private groups, and search for papers in the Mendeley group database of over 30 million papers. Mendeley can help you connect with other scholars and the latest research in your subject area. Because Mendeley is now owned by Elsevier, the leading provider of science and health information, it integrates with ScienceDirect.

Mendeley is a research management tool.

With Mendeley, you can:

  • Collect references from the Web and UCI databases
  • Automatically generate citations and bibliographies
  • From within your citation library, read, annotate and highlight PDFs
  • Collaborate with other researchers online
  • Import papers from other research software
  • Find relevant papers based on what you’re reading
  • Access your papers from anywhere online
  • Read papers on the go with your iPhone or iPad
  • Build a professional presence with your Mendeley profile

Mendeley works with Windows, Mac and Linux.

Mendeley Training

Mendeley Reference Management Training

There are currently no Mendeley training sessions scheduled. Please contact Julia Gelfand if you are interested in setting up a Mendeley training session for yourself or a group.

The UCI Libraries offer training on how to use Mendeley (, a free reference management tool that allows you to organize, annotate, discover and share PDFs, and collaborate on projects. This introductory class covers the basics to help you get started using Mendeley.  All attendees should register at if they have not previously registered.


What is Mendeley? (Videos)

For More Information...

Much of the information, videos, and images in this guide come from the Mendeley website. Explore it for even more information.

If you can't find what you're looking for on the Mendeley website, try the Mendeley Resource Center. There are descriptions and instructions on the use of additional Mendeley features.

Mendeley Blog provides the latest news and updates.

You can also follow Mendeley on Twitter.

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Julia Gelfand
Office: Science Library 228

Phone: 949-824-4971



This Guide was prepared by Laine Thielstrom ( during her Library School internship at the San Jose State University Graduate School of Library & Information Science, and was conducted at the University of California, Irvine Libraries in Fall 2012 and has been revised many times since then.

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