Mendeley is in the process of restructuring their service. Major changes include:

  • Replacing Mendeley Desktop with Mendeley Reference Manager (eventually)
  • Replacing the Mendeley Word plugin with Mendeley Cite
  • Retiring user profiles, public groups and feeds

Mendeley Mobile App will be discontinued on March 15, 2021.


Mendeley is a web and desktop-based citation manager. With a free version of Mendeley, you receive 2GB of online storage space for PDFs and document attachments and one private group with up to three members. See Mendeley’s Web site for pricing information on premium access.

With Mendeley you can:

  • Create and manage a personal database of citations. Import and organize PDFs
  • Insert in-text citations and instantly generate bibliographies
  • Share citations and full-text, annotated articles with other Mendeley users
  • Sync resources between your desktop software and Web account to access your resources anytime from another computer, iPhone, or iPad

Create an Account

First, sign up for a free Mendeley account. Next, download the Mendeley Reference Manager to your hard drive. This allows for greater functionality and storage capabilities. The two versions of Mendeley will sync automatically or when you choose.

Customizing Mendeley for UW-Madison

Mendeley does not allow for the use of link resolvers on its web or desktop versions. To get full text of an article you find when searching Mendeley, you should search for it using resources from the UW-Madison Library (databases, catalog, etc).

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