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Mendeley: Adding References

a guide to using Mendeley, a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research.

Importing Documents into your Library

There are a number of ways to build your Mendeley library.

  1.  drag and drop documents or folders from your desktop into Mendeley.
  2.  import references from other reference managers such as EndNote, by dragging and dropping the XML file into Mendeley.
  3.  import directly from the Web using the Mendeley Web Importer available here.

In each case, Mendeley will extract citation information from the documents and build your citation library for you.


Adding Citations from PubMed to Mendeley

Mendeley's Web Importer uses your PubMed search results to create an Import documents to Mendeley list. A single click on each of the references you want from the list adds them to My Library on Mendeley Web. Then, sync Mendeley Desktop with Mendeley Web so that the new references appear there as well.

1. Install the Web Importer on the browser of your choice. This will then appear as an Import to Mendeley button in the toolbar or bookmarks list you choose for it. While installing the Web Importer, take a moment to adjust browser popup settings, too, as directed. It is easier to work with the Import documents to Mendeley list if it appears as a new popup window over the PubMed results rather than replacing them in the old window.

2. Do your PubMed search and inspect the results to decide which references you want. Mendeley will disregard any checkmarks you add to PubMed, so isolate your desired references as follows:

  • To download a single reference, click on its title to display it alone. Then click on the Import to Mendeley button in your toolbar.
  • To download a continuous list of references, change PubMed's Display Settings to show as many of the references as possible before clicking on Import to Mendeley. Repeat for successive pages of search results if needed.
  • To download selected references, check them off and add them to the PubMed Clipboard. Display the Clipboard, then click on Import to Mendeley.

3. Mendeley formats your references in the Import documents to Mendeley list. For a single reference, click on the green Save to Library button. For multiple references, click on the green "+" dot next to each reference to add to your library.

4. In My Library on Mendeley Web, click on Recently Added to display the new PubMed references.

5. Sync Mendeley Desktop with Mendeley Web, and the new references will appear in Recently Added there as well.

Syncing with Zotero and CiteULike

Mendeley is fully integrated with Zotero and CiteULike. If you already use either of these two browser-based applications to manage your references, you can set up Mendeley to continuously import any documents you add to Zotero or CiteULike, saving you time and effort. This synchronization allows you to manage all of your bibliographic data in one place.