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Mendeley: Using materials

Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research.

Searching your My Library collection

1. To search the entire Mendeley collection (or a specific Folder) select either 'All Documents' (or the specific folder you want to search).

2. To search for a specific author or title, use the search box using the appropriate search term.

Viewing and annotating PDFs

Annotate PDFs within Mendeley

You can digitally annotate PDFs saved in your Mendeley account, highlight passages or make notes about the material.

To do this, open a PDF within your Mendeley account and use the Highlight or Note icon.

Share annotations with groups

You can share your annotations with your co-workers:

  1. Open a PDF that is part of a Group
  2. Make your annotations
  3. Sync these annotations to Mendeley Web by going back to "My Library" and clicking on "Sync Library"


Your annotations are not stored in the actual PDF file, but rather in your Mendeley account.  To create a new PDF file that contains all annotations, you can export the PDF with all its annotations by choosing:  File > Export with Annotations from within the Mendeley PDF viewer.

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Need help?

For a one-on-one consultation, email your librarian