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Mendeley - Managing your Sources

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Why Cite

When writing a research paper you will use a wide variety of resources.  You are required to cite your sources for two main reasons:

  1. To give credit to the creator of the original idea.  By citing you will avoid any charges of plagiarism.
  2. To enable readers of your paper to be able to find the resources you have used and consult them to read further on the topic.

For more information, check Why We Cite and How to Avoid Plagiarism.

Getting Research Help

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Visit the Research Help Desk on the main floor of the Library for help.

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Workshops are scheduled throughout the term.

Online Guides and Videos

How-to guides and videos on writing, research and citation 


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Mendeley is a free* reference manager and academic social network. Make your own fully-searchable library in seconds, cite as you write, and read and annotate your PDFs on any device.

With Mendeley you can ....

Store and Access your Sources in One Place

  • Securely store and access your sources, PDFs and papers across devices, you can search and sort your references, documents and notes in one place - right down to the keyword you're looking for.

Read and Annotate your PDFs

  • Use Mendeley online or offline to access your PDFs on the move. Highlight, annotate and add sticky notes to capture‚Äč your thoughts in context

Create Citations and Bibliographies

  • Generate your citations and bibliography in the style of your choice - in just a few clicks. Compatible with Microsoft Word, LibreOffice and BibTeX.

*Free Account Info:

* With a free account you get 2GB of cloud storage. You have to use Mendeley’s cloud storage in order to have a fully functioning account. However, 2GB should provide you with significant space for your collection.

*No limit to the amount of public groups that can be created (share references only). You are only allowed 1 private group with 3 private members and 100mb of storage. 

*You can pay to upgrade to a premium plan if you need more space or groups. Faculty and Graduate students can contact d1thomas@ryerson.ca or may.yan@ryerson.ca for more account options.

Follow the steps below to get started

1. Sign up and Download Mendeley

2. Add & Import Sources to Mendeley

  • Download articles in PDF  
  • Drag and drop files into Mendeley
  • Import your library from other research software
  • Use the Web Importer to import from Search Everything and other Library Databases

3. Organizing your Sources in Mendeley

  • Sort, view, highlight and annotate PDFs
  • Star favorites and store them in multiple folders
  • Filter and search for keywords

4. Generate Citations with Mendeley

  • Install the word plugin
  • Auto-generate citations and bibliographies
  • Change formats to suit your chosen style