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Mendeley: Adding References

Importing and Adding References

There are many ways you can add references to Mendeley, including:

  • Adding references manually from your computer
  • Importing references from databases and the web
  • Importing references from another citation manager

 

The video below will give an introduction into importing documents into your Mendeley library.

Adding References from Files/Folders on your Computer

Using the desktop version of Mendeley, click the "Add" icon in the top left corner of Mendeley. The icon looks like a piece of paper and a + symbol with the word "Add" underneath.

Click the dropdown arrow next to the Add icon, then choose either "Add Files" or "Add Folder." Once you select the items you want to add to your library, Mendeley will import the citation information from the PDF file and attach the PDF to the record. Be sure to check the citation information to make sure it is complete and correct. 

You can also drag and drop your files or folder directly into your library. To do so, navigate to the folder where you want to add the items, then drag and drop them. Mendeley will automatically import citation information and attach the PDF.

Adding References Manually

Using the desktop version of Mendeley, click the "Add" icon in the top left corner of Mendeley. The icon looks like a piece of paper and a + symbol with the word "Add" underneath.

Click the dropdown arrow next to the Add icon, then choose "Add Item Manually."

The "Add" button dropdown with the "Add entry manually" option highlighted

A pop up box will appear, with "Journal Article" as the default option. Click the drop down arrow beside "Journal Article" to choose the type of resource to add.

The "New document" popup in mendeley, with journal article automatically selected as the type of document.

Click each section to add the relevant information. For example, click "No Title" to add the title of the Journal Article.

Adding References using the Web Importer

Add the Web Importer from this page, https://www.mendeley.com/import/

Save to Mendeley should appear in your browser toolbar

The web importer works with most AU databases and on the open web.

After locating a reference you wish to save to Mendeley, click on save to Mendeley and a save box opens.

Notice that you can use the drop down arrow to add the reference to a specific Mendeley folder, and that

you can add tags or notes before saving.

After saving, you have the option to Open in Mendeley which syncs the web version with the desktop version.

If you choose not to Open in Mendely at that point, you need to be sure and sync your desktop version the next time you open it.

Adding References using RIS files

If a database allows you to export citations as an RIS file, save the file (noting the name and where it is on your computer).

Open Mendeley desktop and choose File,  Import, and then RIS.

Navigate to where the file is saved and open it.

Mendeley will import the references into the folder currently open in Mendeley.

Additional Information

  • It is important to check the citation details when you add a reference because sometimes things do not transfer exactly as they should.
  • When you open Mendeley desktop, it is important to Sync if you have been working with the Web importer so that your library is up to date.