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Mendeley: Reference Management

How to create and use a Mendeley account at UNLV.

Mendeley 101 Citation Management Workshop Materials

Manage Your References

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Mendeley Desktop is a reference manager that allows you manage, read, share, annotate and cite your research papers. 

You can download Mendeley Desktop here.

You can also manage your references in the Mendeley Web Library, which allows you to access the items in your Mendeley library from any web browser. You can achieve many of the core Mendeley features (such as uploading new references, reading papers, highlighting and annotating) from any device with internet access, without the need to install any software.

Install Mendeley Web Importer

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Install the Mendeley Web Importer -- Install the Web Importer into your favorite web browser to import references and documents academic databases.


Save articles to your Mendeley Library as you browse.

Mendeley Web Library

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When updating or adding documents in Mendeley Web, make changes to your Library of materials  by clicking on the "Library" tab.

Note: Remember to sync in Mendeley Desktop to make sure your changes are active everywhere you access Mendeley.

Add Files to Mendeley

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ou can add files to Mendeley by:

  • Dragging and dropping a pdf into Mendeley
  • You can also add files by selecting file and then clicking add files or folder. 
  • Another way to add files is by selecting file and then clicking "watch folder" to choose a folder to put on watch. Mendeley Desktop will now automatically add files that are added to that folder.
     

Export references directly from other Elsevier products such as Science Direct or Scopus to Mendeley by:

  • When reading an article click the export button then choose "Save to Mendeley"

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Import References from other Managers

 

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Import your Endnote, Refworks or Zotero library to Mendeley

          

 

Organize Saved Items in your Mendeley Library

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Mendeley Suggest

The web Mendeley version has a Feed view, which suggests new papers based on items you have added to your library.  
                                                              
 

Read and Annotate your PDFs

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You can 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 now have the option to:

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

If you export a pdf file from your Mendeley Library in the web Mendeley, it will save a pdf copy without your annotations and highlights.  However, in Mendeley Desktop, the default setting is to export with your annotations and highlights.  If you, like me, occasionally add annotations while reading a paper that you would not want to share, please remember these settings!

Take a Tour of Mendeley Desktop

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To use the citation generation features, including the Citation Plugin that allows you to add citations to your papers as you write, you will need to install Mendeley Desktop software on a computer. 

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