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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.

Saving to Mendeley with Web Importer

After installing the Web Importer in your browser, you can add resources from databases and webpages to Mendeley with a single click.

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On the webpage that you want saved to Mendeley, click the web importer button (usually on the upper right of the browser). In the dropdown, make sure that the correct source is selected, and click "Add to Mendeley." 

 

Watch the video clip to the right for a demonstration.

Adding PDFs

 

To add a PDF to Mendeley you can:

  • Upload a PDF directly into your Mendeley display
  • Upload a folder of PDFs directly into your Mendeley 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 video to the right for details on dragging and dropping PDFs into Mendeley.

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

 

Add a Source to Mendeley Manually

Saving to Mendeley with the Web Importer

Adding PDFs to Mendeley