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Mendeley is a free reference or citation management software that can offer the usual citation management tools, including organizing reference, sharing citations with colleagues, reading and annotating full text, and easily inserting citations into documents.
Who can use Mendeley?
Mendeley is open source and available to anyone to download.
The Mendeley desktop is comparable to the EndNote desktop in terms of functionality, but freely available. The Mendeley web importer is also useful.
Library workshops in Mendeley and other types of citation management software are offered every semester.
Download Mendeley Desktop
Go to www.mendeley.com and register
Select the green button Download Mendeley Desktop for free
Install Microsoft Word Plug-In and Mendeley Web Importer
Open Mendeley Desktop > select Tools > choose Install MS Word Plugin
Open Mendeley Desktop > select Tools > Choose Install Web Importer
Install Mendeley App (iPad, iPhone, Android)
Go to your App Store > search for Mendeley > select Get
Sync between Mendeley Desktop, Mendeley Web and the Mendeley App
Click on the Sync Library icon > Mendeley will upload or download any changes to files
Entering References into the Mendeley Library
All Documents > File > Add Entry Manually > Choose reference type and enter bibliographic information > Save
Through a PDF
Save the PDF to the computer > drag and drop the PDF into the central column of Mendeley Desktop > Check that the bibliographic information Mendeley imports is correct
Navigate to the web page or article that you’d like to import > Select the Web Importer icon in the toolbar of the internet browser
A Web Library box will appear > make sure the bibliographic information is correct > Save > select Sync in Mendeley Desktop to download the reference
Perform a search in PubMed and select references using checkboxes
Select the Web Importer icon in the toolbar of the internet browser > a Web Library box will appear > select references again using checkboxes > Save > select Sync in Mendeley Desktop
Web of Science (Web Importer unreliable)
Perform a search in Web of Science and select references using check boxes
Select Save to Other File Formats > under File Format choose BibTeX > in Mendeley click Add, Import document > click Downloads file > choose the file named saverecs.bib
EBSCO Databases (does not work with Web Importer)
Perform a search > select the Add to Folder icon next to the references in EBSCO that you’d like to import to Mendeley > select Folder View > choose Export > select Direct Export in RIS Format > Drag and Drop the saved file to Mendeley Desktop
Open Word > click on References tab > ensure you are in the Mendeley Cite-O-Matic section > choose your referencing style from drop down menu > Place the cursor where you’d like the reference to go > select Insert Citation > type keywords to locate the correct citation (e.g. title, author) > click OK
Add page numbers through selecting the citation > click Edit Citation > fill in the page numbers box > click OK
Add a bibliography by placing the cursor at the end of your document > select Insert Bibliography