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Mendeley: Collect References & PDFs

Intro & Web Importer

There are multiple ways to add references and PDFs to Mendeley. Most often you will use the Mendeley toolbar button (web importer). You may also create an RIS File and then import the RIS file into Mendeley Desktop. Your computer cannot open the RIS file, it’s only readable by citation management software – do not try to open it.

When adding a reference, Mendeley will try to import the PDF as well, but this does not always work. You may need to save the PDF to your computer, then upload the PDF to the reference in Mendeley.

Mendeley Reference Library

You can also run a search within Mendeley to add references to your library. On the Feed tab in Mendeley online, click on Search. You can search for papers, people, or groups. Papers are references people have added to Mendeley and people have allowed to be public. 

  1. Run a search for papers
  2. Under a reference click Save reference
  3. Click Library at the top
  4. All documents
  5. If need be, sort by Added (newest)
  6. Select reference(s)
  7. Click Add to
  8. Move to appropriate folder

NOTE: You are saving the references to your library, but not the PDF.

Importing from ScienceDirect

  1. Click Export
  2. Select Save to Mendeley
  3. Select references in pop-up
  4. Click Save
  5. Go to Mendeley (desktop or online)
  6. All Documents or Recently Added
  7. If need be, sort by Added (newest)
  8. Select reference(s)
  9. Click Add to
  10. Move to appropriate folder

Importing from Google Scholar

  1. Results page
  2. Click Mendeley toolbar button
  3. In pop up box, select All or select individual(s) articles
  4. Click Save in pop up box
  5. Go to Mendeley (desktop or online)
  6. All Documents or Recently Added
  7. If need be, sort by Added (newest)
  8. Select reference(s)
  9. Click Add to
  10. Move to appropriate folder

Manual Entry

Sometimes you may have to enter a reference manually. This may be because the PDF you uploaded did not have metadata or a DOI or you cannot find the item online. 

Click the Add Button and then Add entry manually. Be sure to select the appropriate type of item from the TYPE dropdown menu as this will change the information you need to fill out.

Mendeley Manual Entry