Organizing and searching your library is easy with the filters for author, journal, and keywords. You can even assign your own tags in addition to creating folders.
Import PDFs to Create a Reference in Mendeley
If you already have a collection of PDFs, then use one of the easiest methods to create a reference in Mendeley, Import PDF. If you like this workflow, then from the Desktop version also use the Watched Folder feature to continue creating records from PDFs you save.
PDFs can be imported from either the web or the desktop versions. The desktop version has two methods.
|From the Web:||From the Desktop: Two Ways to Accomplish the Task|
Add >> Import Document
1) Drag & Drop
2) File >> Add Files (or Folder)
Note 1: Creating records from PDFs are vastly impacted by how well the PDF was created and if there is data that can be extracted. Not all PDFs will result in a good record and Mendeley will alert you to check that the information was imported correctly.
Note 2: Already have a record in the library? Simply drag the file to your desktop library and Mendeley will attach it to the correct record.
Use the Web Importer Tool, Save to Mendeley Web
The easiest way to get items into your library is via the Save to Mendeley tool. If you are in a database, it will recognize that there is more than one citation to grab and will display a list. If you are on a simple web page, it will give you a citation just for that one page. If you are viewing a PDF in your browser, often, it can capture the details and attach the PDF. A couple of reminders:
Here is an example from PubMed:
Import from a Database
Most databases will not have a handy "import to Mendeley" tool, but they may provide a file in the generic RIS format. Your first choice for importing should be the Save to Mendeley bookmarlet tool. It is the most efficient way to get the information from a database into Mendeley, but the following steps may be necessary if you encounter a database that does not play nicely with that tool.
Each database will behave differently, but the general steps are:
Let's use JSTOR as an example. It is one that has trouble with the Save to Mendeley tool, so you need to pull the information out with the databases's export tool.
Note: For anything other than a journal, the information may not have imported fully, so be sure to check that all pertinent fields are filled out.
Create a New Record by Typing in All the Details
Cannot find your item on a webpage or in database? You may need to enter the details by hand. New items can be added from either the desktop or web version.
Add files Icon >> Add Entry Manually
From here, enter the information you have - watch out for typos and know enough about your citation style to enter all the information necessary.
Also, be sure to set the type of item this is as that affects the information that will be pulled into the bibliography.
When finished, click Save.
Add >> New Manual Entry
From here, enter the information you have. Be sure to check for typos as they will also appear in your bibliography if not corrected. Also, know enough about your citation style to enter all the necessary information.
Don't forget to set the type of item as this can affect the information that appears in your bibliography.
When finished, click Save.