Mendeley bibliographic management tool

Mendeley is as an alternative to the EndNote desktop program. Use it to store, manage, and cite bibliographic references, such as books, articles, documents, web pages, artwork, films, sound recordings, bills, cases, and statutes.


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

Each user receives 1 GB of storage (500 MB for the library, and 500 MB for Private Groups). Additional storage and features are available on Mendeley’s premium plans.

Access and downloads

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

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


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