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Mendeley referencing software: Introduction

Software that helps with referencing. In this guide learn about Mendeley and download Mendeley.

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Introducing Mendeley

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Mendeley is a software program that allows you to:

  • Collaborate easily with other researchers online
  • 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 iPhone app
  • Automatically generate bibliographies



Note!: Mendeley is not a substitute for knowing how to construct the reference style you are required to use for your courses or publications.
(For more information on reference styles, see the options listed under Referencing in the Guides directory.)

For more information, visit

For download instructions for Mendeley desktop for Windows or Mac or Linux visit:

Using Mendeley Desktop on UWA Library computers

Mendeley Desktop is installed on all UWA Library computers.

If you have not yet created an account with Mendeley, please visit and register via the Create a free account button.

(Currently on the Library computers, the Register button in Mendeley Desktop is not functioning.)

Once you are registered, you can sign in to Mendeley Desktop.

Mendeley's compatibility to Mac

New Mendeley app for Mac users

A new app, Mendeley Reference Manager, is replacing Mendeley Desktop and will let you manage your references more quickly and effectively. It is compatible with Catalina (but not Big Sur).

The Mendeley Desktop version is not compatible with the three most recent Mac operating systems as outlined in this news update

For more information, go to What browsers and operating systems are supported for Mendeley products? 

You can download the app at:

Before upgrading from Mendeley Desktop to the new Mendeley Reference Manager: 

  • Make sure you’ve synced your existing Mendeley Desktop library
  • Download and install Mendeley Reference Manager
  • Sign in using your Mendeley credentials and your existing library will sync

New features will be regularly added  to Mendeley Reference Manager. Visit the Release Notes to get updates.

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