RefMe & other tools


Important information for RefME users:

RefMe has recently been acquired by the American educational company Chegg Inc. and will soon be replaced with a new system: Cite This For Me.

If you have an account with RefME you will continue to have access until 28th February 2017. After this date, your account and all of your references will automatically migrate to Cite This For Me, where you can log in using the same credentials until 1st June 2017.

After the 1st June you will need to subscribe to a (paid for) premium version of Cite This For Me if you wish to continue using the service.

Further information about the transition to Cite This For Me can be found in the FAQ document

Future endorsement for RefME/Cite This for Me:

Because Cite This For Me only offer an individual subscription account we feel that we can no longer encourage the use of RefMe. Instead we encourage all users to migrate their accounts to RefWorks - the University's supported reference management product.


New users without a RefWorks account should follow the guidance to set up a new RefWorks account.

Migrating references from RefME:

  • Log on to the web version of RefME and select the project you want to export (note that you can only export one project at a time)
  • Click the export button and in the next screen, choose RefWorks
  • Save the .RIS file when prompted

Importing to RefWorks: New RefWorks users:

  • Log on to RefWorks, select the (+) symbol and choose 'Import references'
  • Click on 'Select a file from your computer' and navigate to the saved .RIS file or drag and drop the .RIS file into the highlighted box to transfer your references

Importing to RefWorks : Legacy RefWorks users:

  • Log on to RefWorks, choose References from the grey menu and click on Import
  • Use the browse button to navigate to the saved .RIS file
  • Choose RIS format for both Import filter/data source and Database and click on import


What is Mendeley?

Mendeley is an online research tool that allows you to collect, manage and store references and PDFs. It includes a plug-in tool for Word to enable to you create citations and bibliographies.

It allows you to import citations from databases (such as Google Scholar) or from other reference management tools (such as RefWorks).

As well as a reference manager, Mendeley is also an academic social network, offering you the chance to collaborate online and discover the latest research in your field.

Mendeley is both a desktop and web-based application. Accounts can be synced across devices so that you can access your library from anywhere.

The free version of Mendeley provides users with 2GB of storage space. Users with a free account can also create one private group for a maximum of three members. Further storage space and extra features are available to individual or institutional subscribers.

Please note that the University Library does not subscribe to the institutional version of Mendeley. We recommend RefWorks for research projects where you need features such as direct import from databases, cite while you write, PDF storage and management.

Getting Started

To create your free Mendeley account visit

Mendeley desktop: The desktop version has been added to the Anglia Ruskin network and is available on all University PCs. It can be accessed by clicking on All Programs in the start menu and then navigating to Mendeley Desktop.

Getting Help

Further help on using Mendeley can be found in the Mendeley help Guides.
Mendeley's Support Portal provides quick answers to a number of common questions.
The video tutorial below provides a quick introuction to help you get started: