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

Read and Annotate your PDFs

You can directly edit PDFs that have been added to your Mendeley Library. You can do this by double clicking to open the file in a seperate tab within Mendeley Desktop. You have the option to:

  • Highlight text in multiple colors
  • Add sticky notes to specific locations
  • Make document-wide notes
  • Search within text

Adding PDFs

Mendeley usually has PDFs available when you save an article to your library. However, there are times when you will need to manually add a PDF.

When you have the article as a PDF, you can upload it by selecting the correct article in Mendeley Desktop, scrolling down the right column, and clicking “Add File”. You can add other file types, but you can edit PDFs directly through Mendeley.

screenshot of how to add pdfs manually to mendeley

Annotating PDFs

To annotate, you can double click your document or scroll down the Item Details column until you see “Files”. After selecting or uploading your PDF:

  • You can use the top toolbar to either highlight or create a sticky note. You can also right-click anywhere in the PDF and "Add note". (Boxes 1)
  • On the right-side column, you can use the “Notes” tab to make comments about the general document and view/find your sticky notes throughout the document. Use the “Contents” tab to jump through headings and sections in articles (Box 2)
  • To search your article for keywords, look for the search bar in the upper right corner (Box 3)

screenshot of how to annotate a pdf in mendeley desktop