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Guide to using Mendeley reference management and social citation sharing software

Mendeley versions

Mendeley is freely available as:

  • a desktop software application, that you can download and install on your Windows, Mac or Linux computer. It is also available on Desktop@UCL computers and Desktop@UCL Anywhere. In order to insert references into a Microsoft Word or Libre Office document and generate a bibliography, you must use the desktop version. 
  • a web-based application, Mendeley Web.
  • a free app, for iOS (iPhone, iPad) or Android.

Your Mendeley library can be synchronised across these different platforms, so you can access your Mendeley library from any device.

With the free version you have 2GB of personal storage space. It is possible to pay for a premium plan which gives you more storage space.

Please note that Mendeley is not accessible to screen readers. If you use a screen reader you might prefer to use EndNote or Zotero instead.