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Citation and Paper Management Tools: Mendeley

How to use tools for managing your a collection of citations or journal articles.

What is Mendeley


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

  • Automatically generate bibliographies
  • Collaborate easily with 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 a new iPhone app
  • View more features...

Why use Mendeley

Learn more about the benefits of using Mendeley:

  • Freely available application that you can install on your desktop or use on the web
  • Ability to sync your library across multiple computers, on the web, and on iPhone/iPad
  • Works on any operating system 
  • Read and annotate PDFs
  • Import and organize PDFs stored on your hard drive or other citation management software
  • Collaborate with colleagues and share papers, notes and annotations
  • Export to other citation management software, or create bibliographies instantly in 1000+ citation styles

Mendeley Introduction

Getting Started

Go to the Mendeley website and fill in your name and email to sign up and get started. Make sure to keep an eye out for the verification email to confirm your account. Follow the instructions on the Mendeley website to download and install Mendeley Desktop.

For help getting started finding and managing citations, watch the Mendeley Video Tutorials or read the Getting Started Guide (also available from within the Desktop installation) or the Mendeley FAQ.

Using Mendeley Off-Campus

Unlike other citation management tools, Mendeley does not yet offer integration with institutional proxy servers for access to full text subscriptions off campus, but that function is coming soon!

Until this is available, if you are off campus and want to use Mendeley to view and store full text PDFs from subscription resources, try one of these methods:

  • Use the Fred Hutch WebVPN to establish a remote connection to the Center's network. Once connected, you'll have full access to all Arnold Library subscriptions.
  • Use the Arnold Library's Off-Campus Access service to login with your HutchNetID and password. Once you've logged in, you'll be able to access all of our Library subscriptions and resources from your current location as long as your browser is open. If you close your browser, you may need to login again.

Contact the library at or x4314 if you need help accessing resources from off-campus.

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Mendeley Help & Training

 Need Assistance? Mendeley has robust training resources and support:

Or contact the library at or x4314.