If you already have PDF file(s) saved on your device, simply drag and drop the PDF(s) into Mendeley to generate reference(s).
Unlike EndNote, references can be generated in Mendeley from the PDF files without Digital Object Identifier (DOI). Nevertheless, the PDF files must be text-recognizable, i.e.: not an image file created by a scanner.
Drag and drop the PDF(s) into Mendeley.
Reference(s) will be generated automatically with PDF attachment.
Add References from OneSearch
OneSearch supports direct export of reference to Mendeley. You can follow the steps below:
Similar to the steps shown at the part "Add References from OneSearch", references can be added to Mendeley by downloading the .ris file from most library subscribed databases. Nevertheless, Mendeley makes the process easier by offering the Web Importer that you can import the references with a single click.
Follow the steps below to install the Web Importer:
Click on Tools at your Mendeley Desktop.
Select Install Web Importer.
Choose the browser you are currently using.
Install the web importer.
Examples for using the web importer to add references from Web of Science, PubMed and Google Scholar can be found from the corresponding tabs.
An example of using the web importer to add references from Web of Science:
Launch the web importer at your browser. You may require to login your Mendeley web account.
Select the reference(s) you would like to add.
Save the reference(s) to your web library. PDF files will also be downloaded if any.
Sync the reference(s) from your web library to Mendeley desktop.
Reference(s) added with PDF attachment, if any.
Add References from Mendeley's Network
You can download references and full text (if available) from the Mendeley's network via the "Literature Search" and "Related Documents" functions:
Literature Search:To search references uploaded by other Mendeley users.
Click on Literature Search.
Conduct a search.
Select the reference you would like to add and then click Save Reference.
Click on All Documentsand the reference is added to your library.
Related Documents: To search articles related to the selected references in your library.
Select one or more references.
Click on Related.
Select the reference you would like to add.
Click on Save Reference to add the selected reference into your library.
Add References Manually
Sometimes you have to create references manually, for example, citing legal cases, newspapers, YouTube videos, DVDs or films.
Different format is required for citing different types of sources. The guide "Referring to different types of resources" developed by PolyU ELC shows the components required for citing different sources. Read it before creating references manually.
Expand the pull down manual.
Select Add Entry Manually.
Select the reference type that you want to cite.
Input the information required.
Tips for entering author name manually:-
1) Personal author:
Input Last Name,First Name and then Middle Name (e.g. Chan, Brain T.M.).
2) Institutional author:
Indicate the author is an institution/organization when key in the name as below:
3) Multiple authors:
Input one author name per line. Press the "Enter" key to go to the next line for the second author. e.g.: Murphy, James <Enter> Adams, Douglas
Add References from Word Document with Mendeley Citations
You can import the references from Word document back to your Mendeley, provided that the references in Word document are inserted by Mendeley (with field codes). This is helpful especially when you are doing a group project, and you wish to extract the references (inserted by your teammates) from Word document to your Mendeley. The steps are listed below: