What Is Mendeley?
In addition to the Mendeley website, where millions of research papers and journal articles are collectively stored, you can also use the Mendeley app on your smartphone, tablet, or desktop.
Even more helpful, you can use the Mendeley plug-in for Microsoft Word to build and insert citations while you write your paper, rather than push all of that work off to the end of the project when you’re out of time to do it well.
Build your bibliography on the fly.
Writing a research paper used to mean hours at the library pouring over literally stacks and stacks of books, journals, and papers, with seemingly hundreds of 3 x 5 index cards scattered everywhere.
With Mendeley (and a little help from computer technology), no more muss and fuss. All of your research is captured in one convenient location: the cloud. After you set up an account, you can access exactly the same information from almost anywhere and on almost any device.
Complete the fields in Mendeley needed for your citations.
Do yourself a favor. Each time you add a new resource to your collection, take the time then and there to hunt down any details that Mendeley doesn’t automatically glean from the file, and make some notes in Mendeley about the item while it’s fresh in your mind.
Depending on the citation style your institution requires, you may need to find what you need to correctly cite the resource in your paper. Completing the necessary fields now will ultimately save you time — and stress — later.
Do research without leaving Mendeley.
A huge library of existing research that other users have uploaded to the Mendeley public cloud are at your disposal in addition to whatever you find elsewhere on your own. If you want to add an item from the Mendeley cloud to your own library, just click, and it’s done. Now it’s available for you to open and read in Mendeley or to pull into your paper as a citation.
Meet like-minded souls with Groups.
The Groups in Mendeley add a whole new dimension to your research. You’re no longer limited to asking the librarian for help. Instead, you can join groups of people who do research similar to your topic. In the groups you can ask questions, post files, and share knowledge. Or recipes.
Don’t discount the power of crowdsourcing your research efforts. You never know where that next brilliant idea will come from; sometimes talking through your thoughts with a peer will add a new perspective or insight you hadn’t previously considered.
Find people you already know.
On the People tab, you can search for other people who do research in your field or that you know. Once you find them, you can follow their posts, view their profile, learn more about them and their research, and discover new groups