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Mendeley: The Basics

Mendeley is a free reference manager that can help organize your research by generating bibliographies, collaborating easily with other researchers online and by discovering the latest research.

Hirsh Library Cannot Provide Support for Mendeley

There are restrictions with the Microsoft store NOT allowing the installation of the Mendeley Add-in for MS Word on Tufts computers.

Consequently, Hirsh Library does not provide support or troubleshooting for Mendeley.

We recommend transferring your references to EndNote or Zotero, which we do support.

This guide is for informational purposes only and is no longer being updated as of December 2021.


What is Mendeley?

What is Mendeley?

Mendeley is a free citation manager and academic social network.  In addition, Mendeley allows you to:

  • Full-text search across papers
  • Annotate and highlight within PDFs
  • Organize PDFs and other documents
  • Sync across multiple platforms: desktop, web and mobile devices
  • Create citations and bibliographies in Word, OpenOffice and LibreOffice
  • Collaborate with private groups, public groups and the built-in Mendeley social network

The free version of Mendeley limits you to:

  • 2 GB of personal web storage
  • 1 Private group of up to 3 people
  • 100 MB of group web storage

How do I get Mendeley?

To start using Mendeley:

  • Create a Mendeley account at:
  • Download and install Desktop version of Mendeley
  • Open Mendeley on your computer and log in using your account credentials

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