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Introduction to Mendeley

This session provides an introduction to Mendeley, a freely available application which enables you to manage and automatically cite references and produce a bibliography, and allows online citation sharing with a research community. The session will include a hands-on exploration of Mendeley.

Mendeley is a freely available, web-based, reference management, citation sharing and collaboration tool. It can be used to identify and store useful references, to connect with other researchers with similar research interests and identify what other researchers are reading. The Desktop version is available on Desktop@UCL and is also freely available to download. The Desktop version allows management of full text documents and automatic insertion of references in a Word document, including automatic bibliography generation.

The aim of this session is to introduce the features of Mendeley, looking at both the online and desktop versions. It covers creating a Mendeley account, adding references and full text documents to that account and organising and managing those references. It also looks at using Mendeley with Word, inserting references and generating a bibliography in a citation style of your choice. This is a practical session, giving attendees the opportunity to create and work with their own Mendeley account. The session is held in a UCL cluster room, but attendees may bring their own device if they prefer.

By the end of this course you will be able to

  • outline the main features and uses of Mendeley
  • address the strengths and weaknesses of Mendeley, including in relation to licensed packages such as EndNote
  • add references to a Mendeley account from electronic sources and manually
  • work with full text documents in Mendeley
  • organise and manage references
  • use Mendeley to insert citations and bibliographies in a Word document, creating in-text citations and a bibliography
  • synchronise the desktop and online versions of Mendeley

Please note that Mendeley cannot be used on GOSH computers.


MSc Students: Important booking information

Bookings for MSc students will be provisional until a firm place on the course is confirmed by a library administrator.

Please note that priority on our courses is given to staff and PhD students from UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, UCL Institute of Global Health, and Great Ormond Street Hospital.


Doctoral Students

This session is also part of the Doctoral School Skills Development programme. Postgraduate research students at UCL should book a place by logging in via the programme website.


Cancellation policy

The library reserves the right to charge £50 for any cancellation made with less than 24 hours notice, as well as for failure to attend.

If you are more than 15 minutes late, we reserve the right to refuse entry to the session.


Event location

UCL ICH Wolfson Centre, First Floor, Cluster Room I, 43 Mecklenburgh Square, London WC1N 2AP


Thursday, February 27, 2020
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Time Zone:
UK, Ireland, Lisbon Time (change)
Wolfson Centre First Floor Cluster Room I
UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health LIbrary
  UCL research student     UCL staff     UCL taught course student  
  Mendeley     Reference Packages     Referencing and managing information     Research tools  
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This session is also part of the Doctoral School Skills Development programme. Postgraduate research students at UCL should book a place by logging in via the programme website.

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