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Referencing software

Referencing management software 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.

Before you start to use Mendeley ensure that you have created an account in the correct manner. Guidance on how to do this can be found in the 'Creating a Mendeley Account' on Learn


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 own personal PC or laptop. The desktop software is available on all University computers. This software in upgraded 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. Do not attempt to 'sign in via institution'. This creates a seperate account and affects the functionality of the software. Read the 'Creating a Mendeley Account' guide on Learn for further advice.

What help is available? The Library delivers a series of drop-in sessions for those who need extra support using Mendeley. Details of the drop-in sessions and other workshops can be found here

Training manuals and videos are also available on Learn

If you have any enquiries at this stage about Mendeley please contact your Academic Librarian