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Nielsen Library

Citation Management Systems (CMS)

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Using Mendeley

First things first, create an account through Mendeley. When you do this, you will be starting your online library with Mendeley as well. BE SURE TO USE YOUR ADAMS STATE EMAIL, THIS WILL HELP LATER WHEN USING THE DESKTOP APPLICATION.

Creating an account:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on Create Account at the top of the screen.
  3. Type in your Adams State email, this will make it easy to remember.
  4. Fill in your name.
  5. Create a password and then click create.
  6. Fill in your role and field of study, if you know it. This will help Mendeley create proper citations for you.

Downloading Mendeley Desktop: (on your home computer or laptop.)

  1. Go to
  2. At the top of the screen you should see an icon that says download that has a white box around it. Click the icon.
  3. This will take you to the part of the website where you can download Mendeley. In the middle of the screen you should see a button that says download mendeley for windows. If you are running a windows computer click that, if not mac and linxus computer users should click the links below the button which will take you to the site where you can download mendeley for your computer.
  4. Mendeley also has apps for your phone and or tablet if you prefer to work on those devices.
  5. Once you have downloaded the program, you will be prompted to register with an email and password.
  6. By clicking on the register on the bottom of the application, it will send back to the mendeley website where you will fill out your information and register. Make sure to complete the entire registration process, not just the portion involving your email and password. Once you have done this you will have successfully completed the process of downloading and registering with mendeley.

Using Mendeley:

  1. Once you have downloaded and registered with mendeley, you will be prompted to import your first document into the application.
  2. Once you import your first document, it will then show you how to add or create documents from there on out.
  3. It will then explain to you that your documents are stored in the mendeley cloud.
  4. Then it shows you where to get citation help through mendeley.
  5. You can create folders to help you better organize your articles, by clicking the folder with the green arrow button then name it what you would like. To add documents to folders, click on all documents and find the article you want then drag and drop where you want the article to go.
  6. Just like with Zotero, Mendeley does not provide a database of articles. Just the articles that you add by downloading from sources such as the nielsen library website or google scholars.
  7. Enjoy using Mendeley!
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