Mendeley is a reference management tool that allows you to:
- Collect, store, organise your references and PDFs.
- Create citations and bibliographies in over 7000 reference styles, including Harvard UTS, APA and AGLC.
- Read and annotate your PDFs.
- Collaborate and share your references with colleagues.
Step 1: Create an account
Go to the Mendeley web page and select Sign Up & Download to create a free account. You will get 2 GB of free web storage space. If you want more storage, you can upgrade your account to a premium plan.
Step 2: Install Mendeley on your desktop or mobile device
You can use Mendeley on your browser, but we recommend downloading the free desktop version to access all its features. Download Mendeley Desktop.
Mendeley works on:
- Windows XP+, Mac OS X 10.6+, Linux, iPhones and iPads iOS 7.0+
- Windows Word 2007, 2010, 2013
- Mac Word 2011
After downloading the software, open it and login with the account you set up in Step 1.
Step 3: Install the MS Word plug-in and Web Importer tool
What these tools do:
- MS Word plug-in: allows you to insert in-text references in your Word documents and also creates a reference list in a referencing style of your choice.
- Web Importer: a bookmarklet that allows you to save content from your web browser to Mendeley.
- Open Mendeley Desktop
- Go to the Tools menu and select MS Word Plug-In
- Repeat the step above, but this time select Web Importer
Mendeley has created extensive guides to help you get started:
- Getting started with Mendeley Desktop
- Getting started with Mendeley Web
- Using the Citation Plugin (MS Word Plugin)
- Getting started with Mendeley for iOS
Importing from databases
There are a few ways to import citations from a database into Mendeley. We recommend the RIS option. Many databases allow you to export citations in a file format known as RIS. Mendeley can open these files and import the information into your library.
Set up your computer so that it opens RIS files in Mendeley:
- Download Test.RIS
- Open the file, and if you get prompted to select a program to open it with, select Mendeley and make it your default.
If you don’t get prompted, RIS files may be opening in other programs.
To change this on a Windows computer, you can usually right click the downloaded RIS file, select Open With and then select default program.
To change this on a Mac, try right clicking on the downloaded RIS file and select get info. Then go to where it says Open With and select Mendeley.
Now when you’re in a database (e.g. EBSCOhost, ProQuest, Ovid), see if it has an export function which mentions RIS. If so, use that and when you open the RIS file, it should automatically import in Mendeley.
Importing other file formats
You can also import citations in BibTeX, EndNote XML or Zotero Sqlite formats.
After you have exported your citations in one of those formats, go to Mendeley Desktop and select File > Import.
Importing from Google Scholar
- In Google Scholar, search for your topic, then select the cite option below the publication.
- Choose RefMan, as this will create an RIS file that can be opened in Mendeley
Using the Web Importer
The web importer is a bookmarklet that can be configured to work with many databases like Web of Science, EBSCO, ScienceDirect, PubMed, SAGE and others. See the Mendeley import guide for more information.
We recommend using the Web Importer only for those databases or websites where there is no direct export option available.
Download the Harvard UTS style
To use the Harvard UTS style, follow these steps to add a special file created by UTS Library.
Open Mendeley Desktop
Go to the VIEW menu, select Citation Style, More Styles.
Open the tab Get More Styles.
Copy and paste this URL where it says: Download Style: http://csl.mendeley.com/styles/17238301/harvard-university-of-technology-Sydney-2 or alternative download https://www.lib.uts.edu.au/sites/default/files/attachments/page/harvard-university-of-technology-Sydney-2.csl
Finish the process by clicking Download, then Done.
Configuring Harvard UTS for special document types
If you plan to work with the following document types, there are a few simple steps you need to take to ensure Mendeley processes them correctly:
- books that have been adapted from an original
- journal articles that use article numbers rather than page numbers
- reports that have a specific number
- social media
- TV broadcasts
- lecture notes
- Cochrane Reviews
To start, you need to add an extra field for ‘Genre’ in Mendeley.
1. In Mendeley Desktop, go to Tools > Options. In the pop-up Options window, select Document Details.
2. Select Book from the document type using the drop down menu.
3. Check the box next to Genre and select OK.
Repeat this step for other document types that you are likely to use: journal article, patent, report, thesis and web page.
Manually add the information needed in the Genre field for these types of resources:
Adapted by B. Davis
US Patent 4554399
Type of thesis (e.g Masters or PhD or Honours)
- When you use the Web Importer tool, Mendeley automatically adds a date to the Date Accessed field. This information is only required if your resource is available in an online format only; this includes things like web sites, e-Books. If this does not apply to you, remove the Date accessed information. For example, if a journal article is available as a PDF file, you do not need the date accessed or URL.
- How do I import my existing references from EndNote?
- Missing citation information with imported PDFs
- How to add more citation styles
For more answers, visit the Mendeley Support web site.