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Mendeley Reference Management: Adding References

Learn how to use the citation management tool Mendeley to organize resources, format bibliographies & citations, and more.

Adding PDFs

 

To add a PDF to Mendeley you can:

  • Drag and drop a PDF directly into your Mendeley Desktop display
  • Drag and drop a file of PDFs directly into your Mendeley Desktop display
  • Create a watched folder
  • Add a PDF to an existing citation
    • Double click (open) the record you wish to add the PDF to
    • Under Files, in the record, select Add File
    • Browse, select the file, and double click to add

Watch the Mendeley Minute on this page for details on dragging and dropping PDFs into Mendeley.

Add Citations with Web Importer

After downloading the Web Importer you can add resources from databases and webpages to Mendeley.

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Keep in mind that if a resource requires a subscription for access, Mendeley will only import the citation and not the full text.

Watch the Mendeley Minute on this page for details on dragging and dropping PDFs into Mendeley.

Add Citations as RIS Files

To import RIS Files into Mendeley:

  • Export the citations from the database you are in as an RIS file
  • Go into Mendeley and click on Add Files

  • Select your saved RIS file and click Open

Mendeley Minute: Importing Documents to your Library

Create a Watched Folder

What is a watched folder?

You pick a folder on your desktop to save PDFs into

Mendeley automatically imports those PDFs once they are saved

On a PC:

Go to your Mendeley Desktop and:

Click ToolsOptions Watched Folders

Check box(es) next to the Folder(s) that you wish to have watched

On a Mac:

Go to your Mendeley Desktop and:

Click PreferencesWatched Folders

Check box(es) next to the Folder(s) that you wish to have watched