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Help with RefWorks, Mendeley and major citation styles


What is Mendeley?

Mendeley is a free citation management system, but it also includes social networking features. It is sponsored by Elsevier, one of the largest scientific publishing companies in the world. Therefore, it's designed for researchers to discover and download journal articles and resources, organize them, read and annotate PDFs, create in-text references and bibliographies, and collaborate with other researchers. You can pay for a premium version, if you need more than 2 GB of space or need to create more than one private group with more than 3 people.


See for quick start guides and videos produced by Mendeley. Highly recommended that you peruse the relevant Getting Started guide!

Tips & General Advice

Mendeley offers a desktop and web version. Create an account, download the desktop version, or the streamlined Reference Manager version for newer Mac OS, and log into the web version -- click on Library to view references. If you use both, you'll have to sync the desktop version to the web one.

Mendeley Desktop can be used with:

  • Windows - x64 and x86 of the following operating Systems: Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 – Version 1803
  • Mac - macOS 10.10 (Yosemite), macOS 10.11 (El Capitan), macOS 10.12 (Sierra), macOS 10.13 (High Sierra)
  • Linux - x64 and x86 of the following operating Systems: Ubuntu and Kubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus), Ubuntu and Kubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), Debian Stretch 9.

Mendeley Reference Manager - streamlined version of just your stored references

  • Windows - x64 & x86: Windows 7 and above
  • Mac: OSX 10.10 and above
  • Linux: Generic Linux 64 bit (Debian, Ubuntu)

Adding References to Mendeley

From EBSCOhost and Other Library Databases

Use the Export function in the library database, then choose a generic format. BibTeX is a good choice. Save the .bib text file generated.

Note: Mendeley is affiliated with Scopus, so you can just choose Mendeley when exporting records from Scopus.

  • In the Desktop, click Add, then Add Files and upload the text file.
  • In Reference Manager, click Add New, then Import Library and choose BibTeX. (Or File(s) from computer.)
  • In the web version Library, click Add, then Import BibTeX.

I have the DOI

With just the DOI, you can manually add a reference in the Desktop or Reference Manager version. (Doesn't appear to work with the web version.) Just choose Add Entry Manually and paste the DOI. For the Desktop, click the search icon after you've pasted it in the DOI field.

Using Mendeley Web Importer

Mendeley Web Importer is an extension for Chrome. (It's supposed to work with Firefox, but it isn't working at the moment. It doesn't work with Safari.) Access via the Desktop version or Reference Manager (under Tools), or go to

Once you have it added, you'll see the red Mendeley icon in the upper right corner. Click on the icon, log into Mendeley, and then it will try to grab any reference or PDF it detects on the web page you are on. Select the references and download the PDFs into your Mendeley account.

Using Mendeley with MIcrosoft Word

Mendeley Cite is a plug-in for MS Word 2016 or newer. Access the installation in either the Desktop version (under Tools, MS Word Plug-in), or Reference Manager (under Tools, Mendeley Cite for Microsoft Word). If you encounter a problem adding it, it's probably because the EWU SSO page is hidden -- just minimize screens until you find it. Note: It does not show up in the Microsoft Add-ins, for whatever reason.

Once you have installed the plug-in, click on References in the toolbar, and you'll see Mendeley Cite. Click on it to view your references. You can insert a reference as you type, then choose your style to create the bibliography at the end.