Zotero and Mendeley

Last changed: 09 August 2019
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Zotero and Mendeley are reference management programs. There is a SLU Harvard style sheet that can be used in both programs. On this page we have gathered information about the programs, the style sheet and how to use it.


Zotero is a free open source reference management program, which means that you as a student can continue to use it even after you have left SLU. 

Zotero features: 

  • Zotero recognises when you view a bibliographic reference in a web browser and can automatically save the information to the program. 
  • If you are writing an essay with someone else it is easy to share references by creating a group in Zotero.
  • Zotero keeps your reference library on your computer synchronised with a web version so that you always can access them, as long as you have a computer with internet access.

Register for Zotero and find more information:


Mendeley is a free reference management program combined with a research-network social media component. 

Mendeley features:

  • You automatically synchronise your references between the software and Mendeley’s website.
  • Mendeley makes it easy to collaborate with others – you can share references and notes in groups. 
  • You can create your own profile page on Mendeley Web and connect with others who are interested in similar subjects. 
  • Mendeley has its own database with references to millions of scientific articles.

Here is a guide on how to get started:  

Style sheets for Zotero and Mendeley

The SLU Harvard style sheet is called Acta Universitatis agriculturae Sueciae. It can be used for texts in both Swedish and English.  

The style sheet is in a CSL format and can also be used in other reference management programs that uses the CSL format, such as Mendeley. If you use another reference management program other than Zotero or Mendeley, see if it uses CSL formats at https://citationstyles.org/.   

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