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Includes information on both the new Mendeley Reference Manager and the older version Mendeley Desktop

Creating your library

Import your library from another reference manager, from the web or add your existing documents to grow your Mendeley library.

Adding PDF's

Drag and drop PDFs from your computer

Mendeley automatically captures the author, title, and publisher information. Always verify that the information being imported is correct. Click on the article title to make corrections or fill in missing information.

drag and drop PDFs


Import Files

Import content from the web using the Mendeley Web Importer

The browser extension detects article identifiers on the web page and automatically retrieves the metadata and PDF full-texts (when available) for you to add to your library.

Mendeley Web Importer is currently supported for Chrome, Firefox and Microsoft Edge.

web importer

Import files from you computer

Transfer your library from other reference managers into Mendeley Reference Manager

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

  2. In Mendeley Reference Manager use the 'Import library >' option in the '+ Add new' menu and select the exported file to add its contents to your Mendeley library.

Browse for files

Use the 'File(s) from computer’ option in the '+ Add new' menu to select a reference from your computer and add it to your Mendeley library.

import files


Creating manual entries

Select the 'Add entry manually’ option in the '+ Add new' menu to manually input the details of a reference. Select the appropriate document type and complete the fields to create a library entry. 

*If you enter the DOI into the appropriate field Mendeley  automatically looks up the details for you.

manual entries

Identifying Duplicates

You can now find all your duplicates in the new Duplicates page available on the side navigation. 

The duplicated references are grouped into sets. You can review and delete any unwanted references to resolve a duplicate set. 

Mendeley Reference Manager will also detect duplicates when importing new references, it will prompt you with a button that takes you to the Duplicates page, if clicked, to review and resolve your duplicated references as necessary.

Duplicates that share the same DOI are grouped together. You can choose to keep or delete any of these references.

Mendeley duplicates search


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