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Referencing software

Referencing software (also called 'bibliographic software' or 'citation managers') helps you to:

  • import citations from your favourite databases and websites
  • build and organise bibliographies
  • format citations for papers
  • take notes on articles and save them in your collection of citations
  • save and organise PDFs, screenshots, graphs, images and other files for your research.

The Library supports Mendeley referencing software.


What is Mendeley? Mendeley allows you to download bibliographic references from databases, files or PDFs and create bibliographies in Word or LibreOffice. It is also possible to share references in public and private groups or by email.

Who might use it? Mendeley is open to everyone but is particularly useful for researchers, final year students or those doing dissertations.

System requirements? A Mendeley account is created on the web in conjunction with desktop software on your PC or laptop. The desktop software is available on labs on campus but must be installed on staff machines. This software in installed on a yearly basis, though there may be newer, updated versions available for installation on personal machines. There are apps available on IOS and Android tablets.

Create an account on the web at using your Loughborough email. Ignore the prompt to download the desktop software unless you are working on a personal machine.

What help is available? Training manuals and videos are available on Learn and also from your Academic Librarian