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What Is Mendeley?

Mendeley is a citation management system that allows you to save, store, and manage bibliographic citations, and then to generate bibliographies in most of the major citation styles.


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Join Mendeley

You need to have a Mendeley account to use the software. This has two immediate benefits: 

  1. Access to your references on both the Mendeley web platform or desktop application to capture new citations from databases, journals, and books on the web. 
  2. Collaborate and share your work with other Mendeley users in public, private, or invitation-only groups.  

Le Moyne College Mendeley Group

As a Le Moyne student, faculty or staff, you are part of the Le Moyne College group in Mendeley. This is determined by your use of  your email address when you sign up for an account. 

The main benefits of being part of the Le Moyne College group are a 100 GB storage quota in your "Personal Web Space," used to store papers and data associated with your references, and improvements to Collaboration functionality, with unlimited private groups with up to 100 members allowed. Private groups are ideal for ad hoc class group work where you can share, discuss, and annotate references and papers. 


Download Mendeley Desktop

Mendeley Desktop is a reference manager that allows you manage, read, share, annotate and cite your research papers.

Install on campus workstations

Mendeley for Windows can be installed from Le Moyne College AJ App Store

Install on personal computers

Download Mendeley Desktop for WindowsMacintosh, and Linux computers. 

Download Mendeley Desktop for Windows Download Mendeley Desktop for Macintosh Download Mendeley Desktop for Linux

Access your library on the go with Mendeley mobile apps


Mendeley Web Importer

Import papers, web pages and other documents directly into your reference library from search engines and academic databases. Mendeley Web Importer is available for all major web browsers either as a browser plugin or as a bookmarklet.


Getting Started with Mendeley

Help Guides

Illustrated, step-wise instruction to help you get up and running with Mendeley.

  • Getting started with Mendeley Desktop
    This guide will provide you with the basics to get you up and running fast. It covers the basics of using Mendeley Desktop, Mendeley Web, Database Sync, Web Importer, and the Citation Plugin. Consult the other guides for complete, step-wise instructions, tips, and best use practices.
  • Getting started with Mendeley Web
    Access Mendeley features from your browser - without the need to install any software. It is the most convenient way to access, update and manage your personal library of references, create and join groups , build your own author profile and maintain your publication list, and discover and add papers related to your reference database.
  • Getting started with Mendeley for iOS
    Mendeley for iOS is a companion app to Mendeley Desktop. Use it to organize your references and read and annotate your papers on the go. You can search for words in the Title, Authors, Publication, Abstract, and Tags fields.
  • Getting started with Mendeley for Android
    Mendeley for Android is a companion app to Mendeley Desktop. Use it to organize your references and read and annotate your papers on the go. You can search for words in the Title, Authors, Publication, Abstract, and Tags fields.
  • Using the Citation Plugin for Word or Libre Office
    Mendeley provides access to nearly 7000 citation styles which already exist. The Citation Plugin allows you to quickly and easily cite materials that you’ve added to your Mendeley library - as well as generate a full bibliography of the materials you’ve referenced in the paper. It allows you to completely reformat all of the references you’ve inserted into a paper to any citation style with just a couple of clicks.
  • Using Mendeley Groups
    Mendeley’s Groups offers opportunities for collaboration and discovery. Groups allow you to create and join teams of like-minded people. Whether you're joining colleagues working on a specific project, a professor wanting to distribute a reading list to a class or looking to join a worldwide discussion on a particular discipline, Mendeley Groups can help you achieve your goals.
  • Mendeley Private groups
    Private groups allow you to share the full text of PDF documents you add to the group. This allows other group members to look at exactly the same materials as you - which is very useful when working together on a project. Mendeley Desktop allows you to work directly on papers simultaneously with your collaborators.
  • Using Mendeley CSL Editor
    Citation styles control the way in which your references appear in a document you author using the Mendeley Citation Plugin. Mendeley provides access to nearly 7000 citation styles which already exist. The CSL(Citation Style Language) Editor is a powerful tool to tweak a style or create a custom style to meet your own requirements.

Mendeley Instruction

Please contact Tom Keays at or 445-4322 if you are interested in an instruction session for your class or seminar. Tom is also available by appointment for individual consultation.


Citation Styles

Mendeley supports a large number of citation styles beyond APA, Chicago, MLA, and CSE, including styles specific to a variety of journals and organizations.

For more information about using citation styles correctly, check out the style guides available online and in print from from the Library.

Noreen Reale Falcone Library Le Moyne College, 1419 Salt Springs Road, Syracuse, NY 13214 tel: 315-445-4153 • fax: 315-445-4642

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