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Mendeley - freemium reference manager and PDF organizer: What is Mendeley?

Is Mendeley right for you?

Depending on your research needs, you may want to consider using RefWorks or Zotero.

Here is a guide that compares Mendeley and RefWorks and Zotero: Overview of Citation Software

What is Mendeley?

Mendeley is a reference manager and academic social network with a free version that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research.

  • Automatically generate bibliographies
  • Collaborate easily with other researchers online
  • Easily import papers from other research software
  • Find relevant papers based on what you’re reading
  • Access your papers from anywhere online
  • Read papers on the go, with our new iPhone app

from Mendeley website:

Why use Mendeley?

Great for managing PDFs

Has a social aspect. Can see what other users are reading and citing. Find other members with common research interests.

Does an excellent job of pulling citation metadata from PDFs

Can share citations and documents with others (*this function is very limited in free version*)