Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research and collaborate with others online.

With Mendeley you can:

  • Cite while you write your paper
  • Automatically generate bibliographies
  • Collaborate easily wih other researchers online
  • Easily import papers from other research software
  • Find relevant papers based on what you're reading
  • Access your papers from anywhere online
  • Read papers on the go with the iPhone app

For your work, Mendeley is accessible on two levels, the online version of your library and the communities you can join. For your work library, storage of your files and use when writing a paper there is the desktop version. Both the online and desktop version synchronize to give you access to your library anywhere and anytime, also functioning as back-up for your references.

Get started

To start working with Mendeley go to, register online, and create an easy to remember password - you will use it frequently. Then, download the desktop version; installation of the web-importer for references and word-plugin for writing will be offered to you at that moment. Now you're ready to start using Mendeley.

Mendeley manual and online guides

ITC's Mendeley Manual will help you to get started,
online support is available at Guides @ Mendeley

Mendeley and BibTeX and LateX

How do I export from Mendeley to BibTeX?
Open Mendeley, and within "My library" found on the left, select references that you would like to export to BibTeX. In the drop-down menu in the toolbar at the top of the screen, click "File --> Export" (or ctrl-E if you use keyboard shortcuts) and in the drop-down list of file types, choose "Save as type: BibTeX" and save to the same location as the LaTeX file.

If you're working with Mendeley on a PC and your manuscript is on Athena, you'll need to save the BibTeX export to your harddrive and use FTP or another file transfer method to transfer the file to the correct directory in your Athena space.
To link the bibliography file that you just downloaded to your document, you need to enter two commands:

  • \bibliographystyle{style} should go just inside your \begin{document} command. style.bst is the name of the style file dictating the format of your bibliography.
  • \bibliography[filename} should go wherever you want LaTeX to generate the bibliography. filename.bib is the name of the file that you just downloaded from RefWorks containing your exported references.

For more information on Mendeley and BibTex and bibliography styles, go to