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Mendeley How-To

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This guide serves as a short how-to on using Mendeley. Mendeley is a free, cloud-based citation management tool that allows users to track and manage citations while providing access anywhere Internet is available.

For additional questions on Mendeley, please contact one of the subject librarians on the right side of the page.

What is Mendeley?

Mendeley is free online reference citation management tool that allows you to manage, organize, write, cite and collaborate with folks locally and internationally. As a web-based tool, you can sync desktop and web searching.

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Intro
Mendeley Desktop

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Mendeley Desktop works with Qindows adn Linux. Just select your operating system and download. Visit http://www.mendeley.com/

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Importing

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Using Web Importer

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Adding pdf's

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Generating citations
Creating Bibliographies

Once you have your documents in Mendeley, you can cite and reference them within Word and OpenOffice by installing plug-ins. Once installed, you will have tool bar buttons that will allow you to cite a document, generate a bibliography, or manually edit any entry.

Go to Tools > Install... and select the plugin you wish to add.

  • When creating a paper, click on Insert Citation in the toolbar to cite a document from your Mendeley Library.

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  • If you are using Word on Windows, a box will appear allowing you to search for references by author, title or year (note that this is only available for Microsoft Word for Windows at the moment; for Word on Mac or OpenOffice, skip ahead to the second-to-last step).

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  • When you find the reference you want to cite, click OK and you're done. You can cite multiple references by using semicolons to separate them.
  • If you prefer to find references using Mendeley Desktop, press the "Go to Mendeley" button beneath the search box, which brings up Mendeley Desktop. Then select the document in Mendeley Desktop, and click Send Citation to MS Word (or OpenOffice). Again, you can cite multiple documents. Just hold the Ctrl key and left click the documents you want to cite.

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  • Your citation will be sent to your word processor.  You can select your preferred citation style in the drop down menu in your word processor. 
  • Now you can generate a bibliography by clicking Insert Bibliography.

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Citation Styles
Folders

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File Organizer

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Using Groups

The overview tab shows a summary of what has happened in your Group.  You can see updates on who has joined, who said what, and which papers have been added by whom.

You can also post status updates by entering your update into the box at the top of the overview section.

Additionally, you can post comments and discuss your research.  Just click on "comment" and start a discussion on any given topic.

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Adding Members and Documents to Groups

Once you have created your group, you can add members and documents to it.

  1. To Invite Members to the group go to the Members tab.  You can either add people that are already your contacts on Mendeley by clicking on "Add" or you can invite people to join you on Mendeley by clicking on "Invite".
  2. You can view the documents of a group by going to the Documents tab.  To Add Documents, go to the group and click on "Add documents" in the top bar, or you can simply drag and drop them to the group.
  3. To download the PDFs that other group members attach to a group, go to "Edit Settings" and tick "Download attached files to group."  Note:  attached PDF files can only be shared in Private Groups, not in Public Groups.
  4. To upload your group wth all its settings to Mendeley Web, hit the "Sync Library" button.

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Creating Groups

Groups are a simple way for you to collaborate with your colleagues and share a collection of documents.  Any member of a group may upload documents to it.  You can create a group by clicking on "Create Group" in the left hand pane.  In general, you will want to create Private groups.

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Desktop
  • Automatic extraction of document details (authors, title, journal, etc.) from academic papers into a library database, which saves you a lot of manual typing!  As more people use Mendeley, the quality of the data extraction improves.
  • Super-efficient management of your papers.  "Live" full-text search across all your papers - the results start to appear as you type!  Mendeley Desktop also lets you filter your library by authors, journals, or keywords.  You can also use document collections, notes and tags to organize your knowledge, and export the document details in different citation styles.
  • Sharing and synchronisation of your library (or parts of it) with selected colleagues. This is perfect for jointly managing all the papers in your lab!
  • More great features:  A plug-in for citing your articles in Microsoft Word, OCR (image-to-text conversion so you can full-text search all your scanned PDFs)

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Mendeley Web
  • An online back-up of your library:  Store your documents in your account and access them from anywhere through your browser.
  • Detailed statistics of all things interesting:  You can upload your own publications to your reserach profiles, then track the evolution of your readership.  How often are your papers downloaded or read?  From which academic disciplines and geographic regions?  Additionally, there are detailed statistics for each academic discipline and research topic.  Who are the up-and-coming authors in your discipline?  What are the most widely read papers on a specific subject?
  • A research network that allows you to keep track of your colleagues' publications, conference participations, awards, etc., and helps you discover people with research interests similar to yours.

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