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UMass Amherst Libraries

Citation Managers at UMass

Mendeley Desktop vs. Mendeley Reference Manager

Mendeley recently released Reference Manager, which can be used instead of Desktop.  Here's how they compare:


  • Fully functional. If you want to use Mendeley for anything other than saving citations, you need Desktop.

Reference Manager

  • similar to Mendeley Web Library interface
  • in Beta/under development

Get started with Mendeley

1. Go to to create an account.

2. Download Mendeley OR Mendeley Reference Manager.

3. Add the Web Importer to your browser.

4. Search for an article in a database. Click the Save to Mendeley button  to save a citation.

5. You will be prompted to sign into your account if you are not already. Mendeley can try to find and download the pdf. Choose a folder and click Add.

6. Install the MS Word Plugin from Mendeley Desktop -> Tools menu 

OR  Install Mendeley Cite for Microsoft Word. Find Mendeley cite in the References tab in Word.

While writing in Word, use Mendeley Cite-O-Matic OR Mendely cite to insert references, choose citation styles, and bibliographies.  

Mendeley Handout: Support at UMass, Download & Install, Add Sources