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Reference Managers: Mendeley & Zotero: Mendeley Basics

This guide provides introductory information about two citation managers, Mendeley and Zotero.

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Introduction

Mendeley is a free* reference manager. It works on PCs and Macs, and can sync your data with Mendeley's servers and other computers. Your data is also available once you log in to the Mendeley web site. To sign up for a Mendeley account and download the software, click on the Mendeley link below.

* If you want to store a large number of documents on Mendeley's servers, there is a subscription fee.

Getting Started with Mendeley

Mendeley has three main components:

Mendeley Browser Bookmarklet - Mendeley's browser bookmarklet can be installed on any browser, and it allows you to import citation information with just one click. It detects cues on web pages including library catalog pages, database pages, and the open web, providing an easy way to add citations and materials to your collection. If you use the browser bookmarklet, you will be asked to log in to Mendeley's server to save your citation information.

Mendeley Desktop and Mobile Apps - If you would like to keep a database of all your materials stored separately on your own computer or mobile device, this is a helpful addition. Mendeley's apps run on PCs, Macs, iPads, and iPhones, and they sync with Mendeley's servers.

Mendeley Server - This is where your data can be backed up and stored. You can access your Mendeley data on the server if you sync your standalone installation with the server.

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