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Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network. Make your own fully-searchable library in seconds, cite as you write, and read and annotate your PDFs on any device.


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Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network.

Use Mendeley to:

  • organize your personal research library
  • discover other relevant papers based on what you are reading
  • collaborate with colleagues and share papers
  • cite papers from your library and change citation styles with the the touch of a button
  • generate bibliographies automatically with Word or OpenOffice
  • synchronize your research paper library across multiple devices, as well as access your papers from anywhere online via Mendeley Web.
  • communicate with other researchers via an online network featuring such as newsfeeds, comments, profile pages, etc. 

Get Started

FIRST: Create a free Mendeley account. This account is not tied to Penn State, but for best access, use your PSU email.

SECOND: Download the appropriate Mendeley version for your personal device.  Mendeley is already available on all lab and library computers at University Park.

THIRD: Input your account information into the Desktop version of Mendeley to ensure your library is synced and backed up.