Mendeley: how to add and edit references

There are two ways to add references to Mendeley. One method involves adding references in bulk, via databases like Web of Science or PubMed. This is called importing references. The other method is to manually add a reference, for instance if it's a print book, a presentation, or some other document that can't be found in databases.

Adding a reference manually

Follow these steps to add a reference manually:

  • Open Mendeley Desktop.
  • Click '+Add new'.
  • Select 'Add entry manually'.
  • Fill in the form and click 'Add entry'.

Adding a reference based on a full-text PDF

You can also add a reference based on the full-text PDF:

  • Download the PDF(s).
  • Open Mendeley Desktop.
  • Click '+Add new'.
  • Select 'File(s) from computer'.
  • Find the PDF(s) in the pop-up window, select them and click 'Open'.

The references will be loaded into your library, incl. the PDF itself. Revise the entry to correct small errors if needed.

Editing a reference

You can also edit your references after adding or importing them. You can update them, correct typos, add tags, and so on. Simply look for the reference in your library, select it, and edit the bibliographical information in the sidebar. 

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Last modified Oct. 6, 2023, 3:38 p.m.