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Mendeley Reference manager

Mendeley is a 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 with other researchers online
- Easily import papers from other research software
- Access your papers from anywhere online

Mendeley is accessible on two levels, first the online version. Second the desktop version, which stores your references and attached literature to use when you are writing a paper or report. The online and desktop version synchronize automatically to give you access to your library anywhere and anytime, also functioning as back-up for your references.


Six times a year a Mendeley workshop is being organized to support all Mendeley users. Tailor-made Mendeley workshops are also possible upon your request (for a group of a minimum of six participants). Please register via e-mail .

Getting started

To start working with Mendeley go to, register online, and create a password. Then, download the Reference Manager; installation of the web-importer for references and Microsoft Word plugin for writing will be offered to you in the program itself. Now you're ready to start using Mendeley.

Mendeley for Mac is also available here.

Mendeley manual, and online guides

ITC's Mendeley manual will help you to get started,

online guides are available at Guides @ Mendeley,

if you prefer video tutorials go to,

if you have any Mendeley questions contact your ITC information specialist via

Mendeley FAQ

Format website:    Author/editor. (Last update or copyright date), Title. Retrieved from -date of access: <URL>

Example reference:    The World Bank. (2012). KEI and KI Indexes. Retrieved May 23, 2014, from

If your reference does not have a (corporate) author, Mendeley will use the title in the citation:

citation:   ("OKR Open Knowledge Repository: Home," 2014)
reference:  OKR Open Knowledge Repository: Home. (2014). Retrieved August 21, 2014, from

Adding a corporate author will result in this:

citation:  (The World Bank, 2014)
reference: The World Bank. (2014). OKR Open Knowledge Repository: Home. Retrieved August 21, 2014, from

Mendeley and LateX

How do I export from Mendeley to BibTeX?

Open Mendeley, and select references that you would like to export to BibTeX. Click “Export" at the bottom and choose “BibTeX (*.bib)” as output type. Or go to “file” and “Export All”. Save to the same location as the LaTeX file.

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 Mendeley containing your exported references.

When you  use Overleaf, you can use the Mendeley plugin in Overleaf to insert your references.