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Overview of Mendeley, a free online referencing system

Unlike EndNote, Mendeley is not supported by the university. The video guide below will give you some initial help, and refer you to Mendeley help resources online.

The new Mendeley Reference Manager (2:24)

New users can download the Mendeley Reference Manager.

Mendeley Reference Manager replaced Mendeley Web Library in Sept. 2020.  This will eventually replace Mendeley Desktop.  All existing Mendeley Web Libraries have automatically migrated to the new Mendeley Reference Manager.

University of Adelaide staff and students now have access to the Mendeley Institutional Edition.


  • 100 GB personal storage instead of 2 GB with the 'free account'.
  • 100 GB shared storage instead of 100 MB with the 'free account'.
  • Unlimited private groups of up to 100 collaborators instead of 5 private groups of up to 25 collaborators

How to access the Mendeley Institutional Edition

If you already have a Mendeley account, you will automatically be upgraded to the Institutional Edition.

If you don't have a Mendeley account:you can create a Mendeley account via the link below, using your University of Adelaide email address.

Upgrade to the Institutional Edition by visiting the University of Adelaide Mendeley Group page.  You should then receive an email which confirms your account has been upgraded.


  • To maintain access to the Institutional Edition you will need to re-verify your account via the University of Adelaide Mendeley Group page at least once every 12 months.
  • If you have an existing Mendeley account using a personal email address and wish to join the University of Adelaide Institutional Edition:
    login to your account, go to settings, change your email address to your address.