Do you ever come across research papers on the internet and think they’re really neat and want to refer back to them again, but you either don’t know how to save them, or you do, but they end up scattered all over your computer and almost impossible to locate again? Well, have a look at Mendeley, a great tool that can help you organize your work and more.
Mendeley is a reference manager, which means it can save papers you might want for your research or schoolwork, and allows you to read, annotate, tag, and even share them with others. It has both a desktop and web component, so all your work can be accessed no matter where you are. It will also generate in-text citations and a bibliography for you in Microsoft Word so you don’t have to do everything by hand!
Mendeley is also an academic social network, which means you can meet like-minded scholars around the globe and share research and ideas with them. It has public and private groups expressly for this purpose – public groups allow large groups of people to have discussions with each other, and private groups allow smaller groups (such as lab teams or classes) to discuss and collaborate. If you work in a very small field, this could be useful for finding other researchers and building contacts. You can also browse groups and learn about subjects you may have never even heard of!
Recently, I was part of a group of librarians that participated in Mendeley’s new Certification Program. By completing activities designed to help me learn more about Mendeley’s features, I was able to procure significant upgrades for Touro users, including greater storage space for personal and group libraries, and an increase in the amount of private groups users can have. If you are interested in a premium account, please contact me (you must have a touro.edu email address and an existing Mendeley account). To sign up for a Mendeley account, go to the Mendeley web site. To learn more about Mendeley, you can sign up for the next webinar discussing it here.