Getting Started

Import References

Organize References

Find Full Text

Cite

Collaborate

Troubleshoot

 

Getting Started

Visit  mendeley.com and create a login and password. This login is good for both web and desktop versions of Mendeley. If you need more than 2GB of storage, you have to pay for a premium plan.

Once you’ve created a login, you will be asked to download Mendeley Desktop. The desktop version of Mendeley will allow you to access your references offline.  Next, install the Web Importer and the Microsoft Word plugin. You can do this either from the website or by clicking “Tools” in the Desktop program.

Mendeley’s web and Desktop versions, along with its mobile app, sync with each other across platforms when you are connected to the internet.

For assistance using Mendeley, visit the online support center.

 

Import References

There are several ways you can use to add references to your Mendeley Library:

1.You can use the website or the desktop application to import references manually, using a unique identifier (like a DOI or PMID), or from another citation manager.  

2.PDFs saved to your computer can be imported by dragging and dropping into your Mendeley Library. You can even drag and drop an entire folder of PDFs.

3.References can also be imported from the web or a database using the browser plug-in. The plug-in can be downloaded either from the desktop program or the website.

4.Adding a reference from Mendeley’s research catalog. Use the “Literature Search” option (left hand side of the screen) to search for articles in Mendeley’s research catalog. Click on a reference to view full details in the right hand panel. From here you can click on Save Reference to add it to your library.

Mendeley has a suggest feature that recommends articles based on the literature in your Library.

For more information, visit Mendeley’s Support Center page.

Organize References

There are several ways you can use to organize references to your Mendeley Library.

1.You can highlight text and insert comments directly onto the PDF of the article you are reading.

2.You can create folders for specific projects, topics, or groups of references.

For more information, see the Mendeley Desktop Guide’s section on Organizing Documents.

Find Full Text

When you import citations using the browser plugin, you can choose the option to import PDFs when open-access is available.

Cite

Mendeley allows you to cite your references in Microsoft Word and LibreOffice. In Word, Mendeley citations can be added from the References tool bar. You can select and change your citation styles and formatting will update automatically.

Learn more in the Citation Plugin Guide.

Collaborate

Free plan users are limited to creating 5 private groups of up to 25 collaborators. Free plan users can join additional private groups created by others.

Troubleshoot

You can contact Mendeley Support via their website.

 

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