Mendeley 01: Get started

1.  Create a free account

The following steps should be taken to create a free Mendeley account. (Please note: Mendeley is supported by various browsers, but Google Chrome creates the least problems).

Follow these steps:

  • Open Google Chrome
  • Type in the address bar
  • Click on Create a free account
  • Complete the form (page will look similar to image below)
  • I suggest using your gmail email address and not a work email address

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  • Click on Next (page will look similar to image below)

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  • Choose Field of study (drop down list)
  • Provide information with regard to academic status (drop down list)
  • Click on Create an account
  • You will see a page similar to one in image below

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  • Use the email address and password you have used to create the account and sign in.
  • Your account is ready to be used.
  • In the following blog post I will explain the dashboard.

For now, you need to follow two more steps to be able to use Mendeley.


2.  Download and install desktop application of Mendeley

Please note:

Mendeley desktop allows you to insert citations into documents. At this stage, the following word processors are supported:

  • Windows 2007 or later, including Office 365 for Windows
  • Word 11 and Word 2016 for Mac (no previous versions)
  • Lateste version of LibreOffice

(The desktop application allows you to work offline, just remember to sync when you can access the Internet).

  • Scroll all the way down the web page you were taken to when you signed into Mendeley
  • On the right hand side, find Download and Upgrade
  • Click on Download Mendeley free
  • It should provide you with the correct link (green) to download Mendeley for your operation system (mine is Mac OS – see image below)

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  • Click on the green link to download the desktop application
  • Follow the instructions to install the desktop application
  • Use the same email address and password for the desktop application


3.  Install the Web Importer

The web importer imports resources direct from the Internet into your Mendeley account.

  • On the right hand side of the Mendeley web page, find the blue block similar to the one portrayed in the image below.

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  • Click on the Add it to your browser link
  • It will take you to a page explaining how to install the web importer for different browsers
  • If you have decided to use Google Chrome, click directly beneath it on Install the Mendeley Web importer browser extension

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  • In the pop-up window, click on Add to Chrome in the green block (Image – wording is Added to Chrome since I have done that already)

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  • The Mendeley Web Importer will be installed to the right of the address bar of the Chrome browser (see image)

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The last step before you can get started is to enable Microsoft Word to cite your references

4.  Install MS Word Plugin

  • Open the desktop application of Mendeley
  • Click on Tools
  • Click on Install MS Word Plugin (Note – mine is installed, therefore it changed to Uninstall)

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  • Follow the onscreen instructions
  • You are ready to start citing your references
  • Have fun!


I will explain the use of Mendeley in follow-up posts, numbering them from 01 so that you can follow it in sequence.

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