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Citation Management: Mendeley (Free)

Information for ATSU-supported Citation & Reference Managers

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Mendeley [Men-DEL-ay] is a free Reference Management Utility, Open Dataset Repository, Social Research Network, and Science Job Search Registry for use throughout your entire education and career.

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Tutorials & Help with Mendeley

Cite-O-Matic Citation Plugin for Word & LibreOffice

From Mendeley:

What is the Cite-O-Matic Citation Plugin?

  • It is a free, simple plugin for Microsoft Word (Windows, Mac) or Libre Office (All platforms).
  • Allows you to quickly and easily insert styled citations to reference materials from your Mendeley Library.
  • Automatically generates a bibliography for your paper using all the materials you’ve cited.
  • Pick from a huge and growing library of citation styles and easily restyle all citations in a paper with a few clicks.



  • The Mendeley Cite-O-Matic will appear in the MS Word Ribbon under References

Image of Mendeley cite-o-matic in Word Ribbon under reference


Mendeley for Mobile

Mendeley via the Apple Store


  Mendeley at google play

Import Other Citation Libraries into Zotero

Mendeley allows you to import your existing citation library from most other reference management software programs.

To import such libraries into Mendeley, start by exporting the bibliographic data from your other software program.

Then, in Mendeley:

  1. Click the paper-plus icon (add/import button) and select “Import other libraries"
  2. Browse to your file and select it
  3. Click the button.
  4. This should import the exported items into your Mendeley library in a date-stamped collection.

Image of Mendeley Import/Add button


Mendeley can import these formats:

  • Bibliontology RDF
  • BibTeX
  • Endnote XML 
  • MEDLINE/nbib
  • MODS
  • OVID Tagged
  • PubMed XML
  • Refer/BibIX (discourage if any other option present)
  • RefWorks Tagged (recommend for ReferenceWorks)
  • RIS 
  • Web of Science Tagged
  • XML ContextObject
  • Unqualified Dublin Core RDF
  • Zotero RDF