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What is Mendeley?

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:

Upgrade to Mendeley Institutional Edition

Victoria University staff and students now have access to Mendeley Institutional Edition.

Upgrade from free to institutional access by following the steps below:

  1. Create a free account at using your email address. If you have a personal username and password for another Elsevier product, such as ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal or ClinicalKey, the same login details will work here in Mendeley.
  2. Upgrade to the Institutional Edition by visiting the Victoria University Mendeley Group page. You should then receive an email which confirms your account has been upgraded.
  3. You will then be able to access your Institutional Edition account via



  • To maintain access to the Institutional Edition you will need to re-verify your account via the Victoria University Mendeley Group page at least once every 12 months.
  • If you have an existing Mendeley account using a personal email address and wish to join the Victoria UnIversity Institutional Edition: Login to your account, go to settings, change your email address to your address. Follow the instructions at Step 2 above.


  • 100 GB personal storage instead of 2 GB with the 'free account'
  • 100 GB shared storage instead of 100 MB with the 'free account'
  • Unlimited private groups of up to 100 collaborators instead of 5 private groups of up to 25 collaborators

For more information on Mendeley, visit the self-help guide.

Download Mendeley Reference Manager

1. Go to 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

3. Mendeley Cite allows you to insert references and bibliographies into your document using a citation add-in for Microsoft® Word. Go to to download.



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