Citation Management

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Install Mendeley

Install from

  1. Go to  
  2. Click on ‘Download Mendeley Desktop for…’ (Mendeley will detect what platform you are using and display the appropriate download link)

  1. Find the Mendeley file in your downloads folder, and:
    1. If using Windows: double-click on the Mendeley file and follow the instructions
    2. If using Mac: open the Mendeley file and drag it into your Applications folder

If using a Nova Scotia Health network computer, you may be prompted to enter an admin username and password to complete the installation process. If this happens, install the desktop application from the Software Center instead.

Install from the Software Center (on Nova Scotia Health network computers only)

  1. Click on the magnifying glass in the bottom-left corner of your computer screen
  2. Type ‘software center’ into the search bar

  1. Under ‘Best match’, click on ‘Software Center’
  2. In the Software Center, click on ‘MendeleyDesktop’

  1. Click on ‘Install’ and wait for the installation process to complete 

The Web Importer allows you to capture citation information from your browser and save it to Mendeley. PDFs may be captured as well where available. The plugin works in conjunction with Mendeley web.

  1. Go to
  2. Click on ‘Get Web Importer for...’ (Mendeley will sense what browser you are using and show you the appropriate link)

  1. Follow the installation steps (the specific steps will depend on your browser)
  2. The Web Importer will appear in the top right of your browser

The Microsoft Word plugin allows you to insert in-text citations or footnotes while writing, and automatically generate bibliographies.

  1. Go to
  2. Click on ‘Get Mendeley Cite’

  1. Click on ‘Get it now’
  2. When the plugin is installed, Mendeley Cite will appear in the References tab in the top toolbar of Word


Mendeley allows you to create a private, shared folder between group members:

  • Each group member needs their own Mendeley account.
  • Mendeley users with a free account can create and own 5 shared folders.
  • Each shared folder created by a free account holder can have a maximum of 25 members.

Note about storage: shared folder storage draws from the storage account of the folder owner.

Create and manage shared folders by logging into Mendeley web.

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