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Manage Your References

Mendeley Desktop is a reference manager that allows you to 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.

Import References from other Managers

Use the Export option within the other software to extract your references in BibTeX, EndNote XML or RIS file format.


Import Documents to Mendeley

You can add files to Mendeley by:

Dragging and dropping a PDF's 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"


Read and Annotate your PDFs

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-wide notes
  • Search within Text 

Mendeley: Importing Documents

Take a Tour of Mendeley Desktop

Install New Mendeley Web Importer

Import articles from the Internet using the new Mendeley Web Importer. It detects article identifiers on the page you are viewing and automatically retrieves metadata and PDF full texts (where available) for you to add to your library.


Mendeley Web Importer is available for Google Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Edge.

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".