Mendeley is compatible with Mac and Windows. There are also iPhone and iPad versions, and a number of unofficial apps for Android devices are available.

It is simple to use, you can ‘drag and drop’ files into Mendeley, and the program finds the bibliographic information on the web.

You can import citations (and some full-text articles) directly from many databases and journals, and from other bibliographic management tools, such as Endnote, Zotero and Refworks.

Data is synced across all platforms; when you log into one account it syncs all information, so data won’t be lost. For example, when you log into your desktop version of Mendeley, citations that were added to the online account will be imported to the desktop.

You can create subject folders, groups and tags for articles, and share these with other users.

You can annotate and highlight full-text articles in the library, as well as cut and paste. You can add notes for your own reference to the citation information box and share them with other users in your groups.

Mendeley allows you to search for related/recommended articles in other users’ libraries, join groups with people researching similar topics, and network with these people.

Go to a full list of features and comparisons with other bibliographic management systems for more information.

Plug-ins for word processors

Mendeley generates citations in much the same way as Endnote, via a plug-in installed in the word processor (MS Word, OpenOffice and LaTeX) or from the bib manager program.

Referencing styles supported

Comes with eight citation styles, but also connects with the Zotero database of styles.

Storage limits

With a free web-based Personal Mendeley account, each user receives 2 GB of storage for personal documents, and 100 MB for shared web storage. More information: What do I get with a free Mendeley account? Additional storage and features are available with the premium Mendeley Institutional Edition. Please see below for access.

Access and downloads

Please note: software cannot be downloaded or installed on RMIT lab computers.

  • Mendeley Desktop for Windows (7, 8.1 and 10).
  • Mendeley Desktop for macOS (10.10 Yosemite, 10.11 El Capitan, 10.12 Sierra, 10.13 High Sierra).
  • Mendeley Reference Manager Lite app - for iPhone, iPad and iPod.
  • Mendeley Web Importer - bookmarklet for importing articles, web pages and other documents from search engines and databases directly into your Mendeley library.
  • Mendeley Institutional Edition (MIE) – is the premium Institutional version of your free Personal Mendeley account. MIE gives you an increase in personal and shared storage, and in the number of private groups and collaborators. To access MIE for free, you must use your RMIT e-mail address to either create an account/register (if you do not currently have a Personal account) OR log in (if you already have a Personal account). MIE access will remain free for as long as you are a current student or staff member of RMIT University.
    PLEASE NOTE: Just before you graduate or leave RMIT, please change your RMIT e-mail address to a personal one in your Mendeley account settings. This will ensure you will have continued access to your Mendeley account. Once you leave RMIT, access to the MIE version will cease, and it will revert back to the free Personal version you had. You can compare both versions here.

You cannot directly export records from the RMIT University Library catalogue into Mendeley.


Help is available from Mendeley’s website. RMIT does not provide assistance with this software.

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