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Referencing Guide: Mendeley


Mendeley is a reference manager, academic collaboration network and crowdsourced database with a unique layer of social information research. Mendeley Desktop is available on Mac, Windows and Linux. Mendeley Web functions on all major browsers. Mobile versions of Mendeley are available for iPad, iPhone and Android devices.

To obtain Mendeley access, you will first need to register for a Mendeley account at Then you will need to download the software as demonstrated below.

Download Mendeley Desktop for:

 (Installation Guide for Mendeley Desktop for Windows)

All CDU staff and students have access to the premium version of Mendeley (Mendeley Institutional Edition).

Mendeley Essentials

Mendeley Desktop: Mendeley Desktop is the downloaded part of the software installed onto your computer. 

Mendeley Web: This is the Mendeley website where you can access the web version of your library, edit your profile and search for papers, groups or people. You can also access Mendeley's social features.

Sync: The process of synchronizing your Mendeley data across devices.

Web Importer: The browser bookmarklet that lets you quickly import documents from anywhere on the web.

Citation Plugin: A plugin you can install that allows you to create and format your citations and bibliography according to your chosen style.

Useful Resources

Compare Mendeley Editions

Difference between free version of Mendeley and the Mendeley Institutional Edition

  • 100 GB personal storage instead of 2 GB with the 'free account'
  • 100 GB shared storage instead of 100 MB with the 'free account'
  • Unlimited private groups of up to 100 collaborators instead of 5 private groups of up to 25 collaborators
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