Change in Mendeley subscription

Harvard’s institutional subscription to Mendeley will end September 1, 2017. If you are a current Mendeley user, you can keep your individual Mendeley account for free, but you will only have 2 GB of personal storage space, as opposed to 100 GB under the institutional subscription. Please make sure to read about other differences between free accounts and institutional subscription accounts.

Current Mendeley user options:

  • Keep Mendeley account as is; don’t exceed 2 GB of free personal storage space or 100 MB of free group storage space. Don’t create more than 5 private groups and don’t join private groups with more than 25 members.

  • Keep Mendeley account and purchase more storage space.

  • Transfer Mendeley library to another research & citation management tool.

If you need assistance transferring your Mendeley library to another tool, or if you have questions about your Mendeley account, please contact a librarian via the form on the front page of this guide.

What is Mendeley?

Mendeley is a desktop & web-based citation tool, but more than that, it is a community of researchers. You can search through the millions of papers it contains from other Mendeley users, share your references and papers with collaborators, join public discussion groups, and discover other researchers in your field.

Strengths of Mendeley

  • Free for basic functions
  • Share references and documents
  • Great at managing PDFs
  • Can view & annotate PDFs directly in Mendeley
  • Good, light-weight citation manager works with MS Word
  • 5GB of storage with FAS or CfA email

Getting Started with Mendeley

Getting Mendeley is simple: just sign up for an account with Mendeley and download the desktop application. Create a profile to complete your presence in the Mendeley community.

Mendeley makes videos and other materials on getting started with Mendeley at their guides portal.

Mendeley at Harvard

Setting up OpenURL (Find it at Harvard) in Mendeley Web

Unfortunately, Mendeley no longer supports OpenURL resolvers. Institutions can no longer link their catalog data to Mendeley.

Add HOLLIS+ Records to Mendeley

  • If you're looking at a results list, select the records from the  list by checking the box to the left of the title. Records are automatically added to My Research.
  • Go to My Research (link in upper right) and select the records you'd like to export (again! we know.)
  • Set the pull down to the right to "EndNote, Zotero (RIS)".  It's not EndNote, but it's RIS so it doesn't matter.
  • Glick "Go" and then Save the file 'Primo_RIS_Export.ris'.
  • Import this file into Mendeley from the Mendeley File menu. Choose the RIS import option.
  • If you're looking at an individual record rather than a results list, you need only to pull down the Send To pull down and choose "EndNote, Zotero (RIS)".

Mendeley Classes at Harvard

Due to decreased demand, we do not plan to hold Mendeley classes in the foreseeable future. If you have questions about Mendeley, please write to the citation tools group using this form, or email one of the Mendeley specialists listed under "Getting Help with Mendeley."

Getting Help with Mendeley

Mendeley has an extensive, searchable collection of how-to articles treating all aspects of the tool.

Harvard's Wolbach Library maintains an extensive help page that includes instructions on getting started, adding references and PDFs, using the citation manager, and more.

Moving records between Mendeley and other tools like EndNote, RefWorks, and BibTex is easy. The Wolbach Library will show you how.

For local support, contact:

Paul Bain
Research and Education Librarian
Countway Library