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This guide provides an overview of Mendeley along with training options, support and access information for Mendeley.

Add Articles, Books, and More

1. To begin adding items to your Mendeley library, start by creating a folder for your items either by using the “New folder” icon in the top toolbar or "Create Folder" in the left column. 

screenshot of how to create a new folder in mendeley desktop

2. Do a search in a database (for example, Google Scholarlibrary database, or 1Search), catalog (for example, WorldCat) or website (for example, Amazon or Epicurious), and click the Mendeley folder icon near the URL address bar to download items to your Mendeley library.

screenshot of how to add search results to the mendeley library via the Mendeley web importer

3.  A list of all of the items on the search results page allows you to select the items you are interested in.

items to add to mendeley based on the search result

4. If you are looking at the information for just one article, book, video, etc., click the icon to download the item to your Mendeley library.

screenshot of how to add one article to mendeley library

If you click on the selected article, you can edit the information directly in the web importer before adding to your Mendeley library.

screenshot of how to edit an article directly in the web importer

5.  The items you have selected will now be listed in your Mendeley library along with all of their citation information.

screenshot of what the mendeley library looks like after adding sources

Manually Edit References

Mendeley does its best to auto populate the fields when you save the article. However, there are some things that need fixing.

Check the "Needs Review" folder in the left column. 

screenshot of where to find the needs review folder in mendeley desktop

Fill in missing information as needed. To edit authors, type the authors last name, first name. Add more authors by clicking the "Enter" button on your keyboard. Type the author's last name before first. See example below. 

screenshot of how to manually enter multiple author names into Mendeley

Import and Export References

You can import your Endnote, Refworks or Zotero library to Mendeley through the desktop library or web library (first and second image, respectfully).

screenshot of importing files on mendeley desktop

screenshot of how to import files on mendeley web library

Export references directly from other Elsevier products such as Science Direct or Scopus to Mendeley. When reading an article click the export button then choose "Save to Mendeley"


Using Mendeley to Search for Articles

You can search many research paper topics on Mendeley. Mendeley results will give you details such as the citation in your preferred style, the number of readers, reader's academic status, and reader's discipline. Look on the bottom right on each paper's page to get know a little more about who is using the paper. 

screenshot of a research paper found on Mendeley's website

screenshot of mendeley's readership statistics