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Mendeley: Managing My Library

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.

Creating Folders

To create a folder in your Mendeley Desktop software:

  • in the top left of the screen, click on the Folder icon

  • on the left of your screen, you will see your new folder with an empty space for the name.
  • name the folder

To create a folder in your Mendeley Web :

  • Under My Library, click on the Create Folder icon
  • Give it a name and Save


Organising Citations

You can have one citation in more than one folder.

To copy a citation into another folder, locate the citation and click and drag it into the destination folder.

Sorting citations
Right click on a specific citation in your My Library, and select a pre-set label. You can also share, export or delete specific citations.

Managing PDFs

Save time navigating PDFs

Open multiple PDFs in separate tabs. Read, take notes and switch back to your research library instantly.

Annotate and highlight

No more need for hand-written notes, sticky notes and highlighter pens. You can now annotate, highlight, and add sticky notes directly to your PDFs.

Share annotations with others

Simply create a private group, add colleagues and start sharing. Every time you add notes or highlight a paper, it will be visible to members of the group.

Save and print annotations

All your annotations can be saved within your PDFs, so when you print them out, your ideas travel with you.

Organized PDFs

Organizing your PDFs doesn’t have to be a chore. Let Mendeley do it for you. Identify recently added papers, add favorites in a click and store them in multiple folders.

Easily sorted

When you add PDFs, we instantly scan them to identify the author, title, journal and other information by matching the PDF's contents with our global research library. It's like magic.

Comprehensive search

Mendeley searches across the full-text of your research library and results appear instantly as you type.

Intuitive navigation

No more complicated file names. Navigate your research library through relevant fields like Author, Title, Publisher and Journal.

Syncing Mendeley My Library

You can synchronize your Mendeley collection across computers, devices, and the cloud-based back up.

When you are in Mendeley desktop, click on the 'sync' button in the Mendeley toolbar.

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Need help?

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