... you often download the full text while researching.
... almost all your sources are books and articles.
... you prefer to annotate/highlight on a PDF rather than have separate notes.
... you like an out-of-the-box tool that is easy and intuitive to learn.
Watch the video for an overview of Mendeley and to see how to create and set up your library. This video also highlights the Mendeley Citation Plugin and how it can save you time while writing your papers.
To add citations that you export from databases, be sure to choose the correct file format. For the most commonly used databases, save your citations in the following formats:
Refine Citations List: Folders, Uploading PDFs, and Deduplication
Your Mendeley dashboard has a three-panel layout. The left-hand panel will allow you to create folders and subfolders for organizing your citations list.
Adding citations from multiple databases will ultimately create duplicates in your library. Use the "Check for Duplicates" tool (under the "Tools" menu) to remove these duplicated citations.
Using the Group Functionality
There are three types of groups you can join to collaborate with other researchers:
Refer to the Mendeley guides resource to learn how to set up and join Mendeley groups.
You can contact your library liaison (see the information in the top, left-hand section of this guide) for assistance with your Mendeley account. There are also a number of resources you can access for additional help.