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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. 

Note:  Typically library subscriptions license the end user to download and engage in limited personal sharing of journal articles as a personal use. Researchers may contact the Office of Scholarly Communications and Copyright for assistance with understanding how they may share via Mendeley their own articles and articles by others whether downloaded via library subscription or otherwise.

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.