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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.

Group libraries

Join Groups:

Find public groups to follow by searching on and clicking the green 'follow this group' on the top right of the page.
Join the Penn State University official Mendeley Group!  

Create Groups:

  • Click the "create group" option on the left pane, under your folders
  • Select the group name, and write a description
  • Determine what type of group you want.
    • Private - Share references, full-text files and annotations. Only group members can see the group. (limited to 25 members)
    • Invite-only - Share references only. Public can follow the group only.  Good for sharing references or reading lists.
    • Open - Share references only. Public can become a member or follow the group. Good for crowd sourcing reading lists.
  • Invite people to your group!

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