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Mendeley Research Manager: Getting Started


Signing Up

It's easy to get started. Just go to, fill in the requested information, and then click on:

Mendeley has two platforms. Some tasks you can do in both, but each has a particular focus.

Mendeley Desktop is where you can organize your references in more detail and annotate the PDFs you collect.

Mendeley Web is your sharing portal. It enables you to easily access references and share your research with others.

Mendeley for iOS allows you to read and annotate PDFs and sync those annotations with your Mendeley Desktop.

To take full advantage of Mendeley features you will be using both.

A Sync button in the tool bar of Mendeley Desktop allows you to update your work to Mendeley Web.

On the web interface, citations offer a link to the desktop interface.

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Mendeley Desktop

Mendeley Desktop is where you can not only organize your references, but also easily manage, view, highlight and annotate your PDF documents.

Mendeley Web

Mendeley Web allows easy access and sharing.

Mendeley for iOS

Mendeley now offers an iOS app for iPhone and iPad available on the App Store. Sync your entire Mendeley library to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch and access your papers from anywhere. Click here to download!

  • Free to download
  • Read your papers offline
  • Share citations via e-mail straight from your mobile device
  • Keep up to date with research groups
  • Available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

Liaison Librarian

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Julia Gelfand
Office: Science Library 228

Phone: 949-824-4971


Getting Started -- Mendeley's PDF Guide