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Mendeley Reference Manager: Getting Started

Getting Started

Please refer to Mendeley Quick Start for instructions and links to resources that will help you begin using Mendeley.

Mendeley Mobile Apps

Mendeley can become your personal research library. With the app, you can carry thousands of PDFs in your pocket. Read and annotate them on the go, search your entire library, and easily sync everything between your devices and Mendeley Desktop.

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Android App on Google Play

Suggested Guides

For additional resources related to managing your citations, please view the following guides:

Managing Citations with Mendeley

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Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network. Make your own fully-searchable library in seconds, cite as you write, and read and annotate your PDFs on any device.

Why Cite?

—It is important to credit the authors of the resources you consulted in your research. This credit is given through a proper citation that includes the original author's name, the title of the work, the date of publicationinformation enabling others to access the research you cited. You should cite sources when
  • you use a direct or indirect quotation.
  • you paraphrase or summarize someone else's writing.
  • you refer to someone else's research or ideas.
Reasons for citing resources:
  • Avoiding plagiarism and academic dishonesty
  • Demonstrating the originality of your research by distinguishing your ideas from those expressed by other scholars
  • Showing that you examined related research
There are multiple steps to citing your resources properly. These may include
  • Creating a list of citations for the resources for a bibliography, works cited, or reference list.
  • Citing the resources in footnotes or endnotes.
  • Citing the resources in the text of your document.
  • Obtaining permission to use a quote or content created by someone else.

Subject Guide

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Kimberly Vardeman
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