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Mendeley: Getting Started

Get Started with Mendeley

Manage Your References

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

Import References from other Managers


Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic collaboration network that allows you to manage, read, share, annotate and cite your research papers. 

Add Files to Mendeley

You 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"


Take a Tour of Mendeley Desktop

Read and Annotate your PDFs

To edit PDFs that have been added to your library by double clicking (to open the file in a separate 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

Install Mendeley Web Importer

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 Suggest

Mendeley Institutional Edition users can now try out "Mendeley Suggest" which suggests new papers based on your library.  
Try it today by clicking "Mendeley Suggest" which is located on the left panel below "Literature Search".