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Reference Management Software: Mendeley

This guide will introduce you to the variety of Reference Management Software NTU Library supports and give you tips on how to make the most out of them.

Introduction to Mendeley


Do note that Mendeley Desktop is no longer available for download. You may now download and use Mendeley Reference Manager.

Mendeley has both desktop and web-based versions, with features to sync references across multiple devices with a library of multiple citation styles.

Mendeley has many compatible features to handle PDF files such as:

  • Organising PDF files into folders for easy access (E.g., recently added & favourites).
  • Dragging PDF files directly into Mendeley from desktop or folders.
  • Opening of multiple PDF in separate tabs.
  • Sharing annotations within groups (Every time annotations or highlights are added it will be visible to members of the group).


Mendeley enables you to expand your social network using these features which allows you to:

  • Search through millions of papers used by other Mendeley users. 
  • Share references and papers with collaborators.
  • Join public discussion groups and network with other researchers among Mendeley users.

Where to Download

Here are the steps to install Mendeley:

Sign up for Mendeley at , you will need to create an account before you use the software. Mendeley Reference Manager is the newer version. Do note that only Mendeley Reference Manager will be offered for download from 1 September 2022 onwards.

Mendeley Reference Manager

  1. Download and install Mendeley Reference Manager from
  2. Mendeley Cite, is the citation add-in for MS Word. NTU students and staff who are using Microsoft Office tools downloaded with NTU Office 365 subscription will have to send a request to CITS to enable the add-in. NTU Staff may submit a Software Request form through ServiceNow via the Ask IT form and NTU Students may submit the request via the Service Request Form with their Name and NTU email address. 
  3. Install the web importer. . This tool is useful for managing reference-type websites. 


Introduction to Mendeley

The Introduction to Mendeley LibGuides covers:

  • Creating a Mendeley account and installing Mendeley 
  • Adding, editing and organising references using Mendeley
  • Managing PDF documents with Mendeley
  • Exploring the collaborating and social networking features in Mendeley

If you're using Mendeley Reference Manager, do refer to the Introduction to Mendeley Reference Manager LibGuide for more information.

If you're using Mendeley Desktop, do refer to the Introduction to Mendeley Desktop LibGuide for more information.

Consultation with NTU Librarians

Consultation by Appointment:

Reference Management Software consultation for EndNote, Mendeley & Zotero  is open to NTU students and staff who wish to learn specific  features or  related enquiries. 

Please email to make an appointment.

Additional Resources

Importing References from Databases

Please refer to the list of databases below to determine if you can directly export References into Mendeley or via the Web Importer or PDF.

Database How to Export References


Use direct export function “Save to Mendeley”.
ScienceDirect Use direct export function “Save to Mendeley”.
Engineering Village Import via Bib Text (.bib) or use Web Importer “Save to Mendeley”.
Emerald Insight Import via Bib Text (.bib) or use Web Importer “Save to Mendeley”.
Web of Science Import via Bib Text (.bib) or use Web Importer “Save to Mendeley”.
IEEE Use Web Importer "Save to Mendeley".
JSTOR Import via Bib Text (.bib) or use Web Importer “Save to Mendeley”.
EBSCO Import via RIS (.ris).
SciFinder Import via RIS (.ris).
Factiva Can only import via PDF. Even then, no citation information will be provided.
Reaxys Can only import via PDF. Even then, no citation information will be provided.


Do note that although Mendeley is a free software, there are limitations to the features and space available to a free account.

For further assistance, you may want to check out the guides and videos for self-paced learning here: