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Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network. Your account will sync across the web, desktop and mobile versions. It offers 2GB of storage for free, but there is a charge for additional storage.

When you set up your Mendeley account, we strongly recommend that you use your personal email rather that your Cranfield email. Please ignore any suggestion to use the Institutional Login. Please contact your Information Specialist if you have a question.

We support Mendeley, and provide advice and training to enable you to make best use of it. Other referencing software is available, but we are unable to help you if issues arise.

Access Mendeley

How to install the Cranfield styles in Mendeley

Instructions for installing the author-date and numbered styles 

Instructions for installing the Cite Them Right 10th edition - Harvard - Edited citation style 

For ease, you can copy and paste the links below directly into Mendeley to download the styles:

Author-date style:

Numbered style (Cranfield University Aerospace Style):

Cite Them Right 10th edition - Harvard - Edited Citation style:

Importing references and citations

What to do if you get an 'SSL handshake failed' error message

Don't worry, this is easy to fix! You can solve this problem:

  1. Open Mendeley Desktop
  2. Click Ctrl+shift+D
  3. Go to the 'settings' tab
  4. Set 'General_IgnoreSslErrors' to 'True'
  5. Restart Mendeley

Come to one of our training sessions

Search DATES using the term "Mendeley" to find out when we are running our next training course.

Need help?

Emma Turner is our official Mendeley Advisor, although any of our Information Specialists will be able to help you with specific issues or questions you many have.