Q. Mendeley Guide 1: Get Started

Get your Mendeley Account set up and the software all installed. Note: You will not be able to install this on college computers. This guide assumes you have your own laptop or pc. Also this is a windows guide, all tested on windows 10.


Mendeley is a reference management tool. Like Endnote. 

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The registration steps below will also create a ScienceDirect login for you. If you already have a ScienceDirect login just use it instead. 

Step 1: Create an online Account

To get started go to https://www.mendeley.com

Click "Create a Free Account"

Sign up/in via your institution. 

Next fill in your email address and name and click "Register"

You can fill in your role and field of study if you want, or you can click skip this step. (If you don't skip it it can make a public profile)

Click continue to Mendeley. 

Step 2: Install Reference Manager Software

Install the Reference Manager software. Click the button. Direct download link for desktop.

Get Reference Manager screenshot

Windows instructions

Once downloaded, double click to install it. Make sure all other apps are close, especially word. 

Click Yes on the next screen that appears asking if you want to make changes to your device. Click Next on next screen. Click I agree on the license  screen. Click next and choose default location for  the install location screen. Next click install. (basically click yes and next on all screens that appear- as easy as lemon pie)

Run the software. 

Step 3 Login to Mendeley Desktop

Login using your email and  password. (make sure you have followed step 1 above first)

Step 4: Install citation plugin for word:  Cite-O-Matic 

Once the first window that appears you will notice that there are 2 bits of software needed. You already have the reference manager installed, now we need to install the citation plugin for word. If you closed that page by accident, you can download the citation manager plugin here

Make sure Microsoft Word is closed. Click Install now.  This is really quick. When installed you will see a green button on the open screen to say it is installed. Make sure you uninstall or disable the endnote plugin in word before you begin. 

plugin install page


Step 5: Check everything is working in Word. 

Open word and click on the References Tab. 

The Image below is the only part of word that is the plugin. 

Mendeley plugin



  • Last Updated Thu,Dec,2020
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