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How to create and use a Mendeley account at UNLV.

Mendeley introduces the new Mendeley Reference Manager

Mendeley 101 Citation Management Workshop Materials

Install Mendeley Web Importer

(Content in this box supplements slides 6 & 9 in the Mendeley 101 Citation Management slide deck)

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

closeup screenshot of the Mendeley webbrowser plugin icon, a small red box with a white font stylized M for mendeley.


You can use the Web Importer tool to save articles to your personal Mendeley library as you browse and search online.

Mendeley Library

(Content in this box supplements slide 10-11 in the Mendeley 101 Citation Management slide deck)

When editing or adding documents to your Mendeley Library, you will see the changes in the Reference Manager view.  

Note: The Reference Manager desktop software automatically syncs with your cloud-based web storage.  If you were working offline or your internet connectivity was interrupted, you may also sync your materials by clicking the synchronize button in the upper right, next to your name. 

screenshot of Mendeley Reference Manager library view with folders on the left, each reference in the middle in a tabular view


Add Files to Mendeley

(Content in this box supplements slides 13-14 in the Mendeley 101 Citation Management slide deck)

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"

                                 A screenshot of sample journal and database options to export a file with paper citation data for import into Mendeley.  Options to look for include "Export", "Direct Export", and "Save to Mendeley". .​ 

Import References from other Managers

(Content in this box supplements slide 16 in the Mendeley 101 Citation Management slide deck)

You can import citation data from other reference management software tools as well.  

The file type .ris  is a good option for exporting and importing citation data. 

Screenshot of the Add New menu options, and detail of the Import Library menu option to import either 1) BibTeX (*.bib), 2) Endnote XML (*.xml), or 3) RIS (*.ris) file types.

Mendeley Suggest

Mendeley will send emails with suggestions of papers based on items you have added to your library.  

screenshot of an email from Mendeley with a suggested article based upon the Mendeley user's existing library                                                          

Read and Annotate your PDFs

(Content in this box supplements slides 29-31 in the Mendeley 101 Citation Management slide deck)

You can annotate PDFs that have been added to your Mendeley Library. You can do this by selecting the item in your library, and then clicking the Read button on the right side pane to open the file in a separate tab within Mendeley Reference Manager. You now have the option to:

  • Search within Text
  • Highlight text in multiple colors
  • Add sticky notes to specific locations
  • Make notes about this and other pdf documents in your Notebook


Image of a laptop screen displaying a journal article with some text highlighted and a digital sticky note with annotations.

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