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Mendeley - Manage and Share your Research: Introduction

A quick guide on how to use Mendeley to keep track of your research, to quickly and easily cite while writing and how to share your research.

Latest issues (usually technical)

There are two versions of Mendeley: Mendeley Desktop (currently in used by majority users) and Mendeley Reference Manager (in beta, and for people who opt-in). Please refer to the 'How Does It Work' box on this guide

Users on MacOS

  • Mendeley Desktop is NOT compatible with Catalina OS, and Big Sur OS.
  • The 'plugin' for Mendeley Reference Manager to work with MS Word does not work with the NUS institutional MSOffice 365, as you do not have the authorisation to install add-ins.


Users on Windows OS

  • The 'plugin' for Mendeley Reference Manager to work with MS Word does not work with the NUS institutional MSOffice 365, as you do not have the authorisation to install add-ins.



More Information

Other Reference Managers


Zotero is a free bibliographic citation management software that allows you to save, collect, manage, cite, and share research sources. Zotero is available either as a Firefox extension or as standalone software that works with Firefox, Chrome and Safari browsers. It works right in your browser, making it easy to save you citations while you search.

Use the Zotero word processor plugins to easily cite your sources and create a bibliography while you work.

Note: While Zotero is a free software, the Zotero cloud storage has a limit of 300 mb. Anything more than 300 mb, you would have to pay for extra storage.

Click to learn more about Zotero!

EndNote is a software that:

  • stores and organizes references found from many sources
  • inserts these references into a Word document 
  • automatically formats your references according to a predefined citation style, and more! 

If you're new to EndNote, check out the Installation Instructions and Step by Step Guide.

Mendeley Training Sessions

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Date Time Location F2F class
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Before you arrive at our class, it's important to:

  • Bring your own laptop. Ensure that it is already set up to connect to NUS Wi-Fi and that you have Microsoft Word installed on your laptop.
  • Register an account with Mendeley
  • Download and install Mendeley Desktop on your laptop

Mendeley Institutional Edition

NUS Libraries now has a subscription to Mendeley Institutional Edition (MIE). MIE offers more storage space and more opportunities to collaborate with other researchers. From 2017, the storage space is: 

Great! So how do I get these privileges?

  1. Head to this special Mendeley link for NUS Staff and Students
  2. Login with your NUSNET ID if prompted and accept the Acceptable Use Policy
  3. Create your Mendeley Account
  4. Download the Mendeley Desktop Version
  5. Once you have done so, you should receive an email informing you that you are now part of the NUS Mendeley Institutional Edition Group.


What is Mendeley?

Mendeley is a citation management tool that, like many others, lets you collect & organize citations, & then easily insert them into documents & format bibliographies. Drag & drop PDFs into your Mendeley library & it will grab the metadata to create a record. Painlessly. 

You can highlight and annotate your PDFs and share them with others.  Your collaborators can then also annotate the same document, with each author displaying as a different color.

Use more than one computer?  Not a problem.  Download Mendeley Desktop to as many computers as you want, then sync them with one click as long as you have an Internet connection. 

Mendeley is social:  create a profile, follow other researchers, create a network of people doing similar research.  Discover the articles and journals that are trending in your field right now.

Create collections of papers.  Make them public & share them with an RSS feed (great for class reading lists!).

What can Mendeley do?

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