E-resource of the month: Mendeley
By Abir Mukherjee, on 22 October 2014
With the focus on reference management tools in the last blog post, this month’s e-resource of the month takes a closer look at Mendeley for UCL students and researchers using Desktop@UCL.
Mendeley is freely available as a web version using any browser and is now also available on Desktop@UCL and Desktop@UCL Anywhere (access via the Desktop – Anywhere app) so that the features of the desktop version of Mendeley can be used with the Cite While You Write function (ie creating a Word Document and linking references as well as building the bibliography at the end).
Mendeley also has an app for iPhone / iPad / iPod touch, so you can access your library on-the-go and even read pdf documents that you have in your library offline.
To create an account, go to http://www.mendeley.com , and clicking on ‘Sign up and download’ in the top right takes you to Dashboard, which also has updates for your chosen contacts. References are added by incorporating a bookmarklet to your favourites or links bar which can be clicked on, to drag in your chosen reference. On Desktop@UCL, the bookmarklet is already added as a default on Internet Explorer while Firefox needs the version in Programs> Mendeley to be chosen.
References can be imported from various databases or manually created by choosing File>Add entry manually. For Cite While You Write on Desktop@UCL machines, the version of Word under Programs> Mendeley needs to be opened. More help can be found at :