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Understanding and using the reference manager from Elsevier.

Manage Your References

Mendeley Desktop is a reference manager that allows you manage, read, share, annotate and cite your research papers. 

You can download Mendeley Desktop and install it on your computer.

You can manage your references in the Mendeley Web Library, which is created for you when you sign up for an account.

Add Files to Mendeley

You can add files to Mendeley by:

  • Dragging and dropping a pdf into Mendeley
  • Clicking "Add Files..." or "Add Folder..." and choosing the items needed.
  • Selecting the 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" option:

  • You will see a list of options. Choose "export to Mendeley:"

The information will be sent to your Mendeley Library.

Import References from other Reference Managers

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
  • Make Notes
  • Search within Text

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