Mendeley announced in its blog that Elsevier aquired Mendeley last week. They has immediatly promised to continue with the free version of Mendeley and doubled everyone’s storage space at no cost. So Mendeley seems to continue as a standalone platform but Elsevier’s products (Scopus and ScienceDirect) will become interoperable with Mendeley.
Mendeley is both a desktop and a web reference management program for managing and sharing references and research papers. It combines Mendeley Desktop, a PDF and reference management application and Mendeley Web, an online social network for researchers.
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Training Session – Bibliographic Management Systems
March 7, 2013 – Building A, Library
11.00am – 12.30pm
Bibliographic Management Systems – Introduction & Overview
This course explains what bibliographic management systems (also known as reference or citation management software) are, why they are useful for any kind of research, and what to look out for when considering the use of one of the numerous available bibliographic management applications. Some systems (EndNote, Citavi, Zotero) are demonstrated as examples, among these are web-based and desktop applications, commercial and non-commercial systems.
1.45pm – 3.15pm
Bibliographic Management with EndNote
EndNote is a popular and powerful bibliographic management system for Windows and Macintosh. The course gives an overview of EndNote, shows the import of search results (the use of import filters, the direct export and an online search from within EndNote), demonstrates how to generate bibliographies and explains some special features of EndNote. The sharing of references and the collaboration in groups will be demonstrated with EndNote Web.
3.30pm – 5.00pm
Bibliographic Management with Mendeley
Mendeley is both a desktop and a web reference management program for managing and sharing references and research papers. It combines Mendeley Desktop, a PDF and reference management application and Mendeley Web, an online social network for researchers. The course gives an overview of the system and its features, demonstrates the import of search results from databases and shows how Mendeley works in combination with word processing software.
MPG Information Retrieval Services, IVS-BM (Biological Medical Section), Munich
Information about systems for which the IVS-BM provides support can be found at http://www.biochem.mpg.de/en/facilities/ivs/BibMgmt/index.html
If you wish to attend please register by contacting the library for one ore more of the courses listed above.
A new series of online workshops has started. The interactive workshops focus on some popular bibliographic management systems:
- Reference Management Systems – Introduction & Overview – January 21
- Literaturverwaltungssysteme – Einführung & Überblick (in German) – January 24
- Literaturverwaltung mit EndNote (in German) – January 31
- Reference Management with Papers – February 4
- Reference Management with EndNote – February 5
- Reference Management with Mendeley – February 6
- Reference Management with Zotero – February 8
All workshops begin at 10:30 am and last 90 minutes.
Attendance is free of charge for staff and guests of the Max Planck Society, but online registration is required.
The online workshops are offered by the Scientific Information Retrieval Services for the Biology & Medicine Section of the Max Planck Society. Find more details on schedule, technical requirements and registration at
A good way to get started with Mendeley is to visit the Information Retrieval Services’ (IVS-BM) website. The page Mendeley short notes will give you a quick overview and by attending an online workshop you could learn more about the system.
Some other guides and video tutorials we would like to recommend you are the following:
You are not sure which system best suits your needs?
See a nice video from Portland State University Library Zotero vs. Mendeley.