Mendeley is a free online referencing system that you can use on the web and on your desktop. You can create your own fully-searchable reference library, cite as you write and read and annotate your PDFs. It also functions as an academic social network; you can create your own researcher profile.
Unlike EndNote, Mendeley is not supported by the university. This guide will give you some initial help, and refer you to Mendeley help resources online.
Note: Many articles and guides have been written making comparisons about the main reference management tools available; Endnote, Mendeley, Zotero and Refworks:
Mendeley offers a a free, simple plugin for Microsoft Word (Windows, Mac) or Libre Office (All platforms). The Citation Plugin allows you to quickly and easily cite materials that you’ve added to your Mendeley library - as well as generating a full bibliography of the materials you’ve referenced in the paper.
Please note, all VU staff and students must contact VU ITS on 9919 2777 to log a job to have the Mendeley Citation Plugin installed.
Victoria University staff and students now have access to Mendeley Institutional Edition.
Upgrade from free to institutional access by following the steps below:
For more information on Mendeley, visit the self-help guide.
1. Go to https://www.mendeley.com/reference-management/reference-manager to download Mendeley Reference Manager.
2. The web importer lets you import references, websites and documents from over 30 databases. You can find the option to install here https://www.mendeley.com/reference-management/web-importer.
3. Mendeley Cite allows you to insert references and bibliographies into your document using a citation add-in for Microsoft® Word. Go to https://www.mendeley.com/reference-management/mendeley-cite to download.
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