Drag and drop PDFs or other files from your computer directly into the All Documents section or to a Folder in your Library.
Drag and drop from All Documents to any Folder you create
File > Add Files..., then use your computer's Finder (Mac) or Browse box (PC) to search for your folder or documents
File > Add Entry Manually... to type or paste your citation data into Mendeley Desktop
File > Import... to import data in various formats including from other citation managers: BibTeX (*.bib), EndNoteXML (*.xml), or RIS (*.ris)
Or simply drag and drop the file into your Mendeley Desktop
Use the Mendeley Web Importer to add citations directly from your browser
For Mendeley Desktop only
Tip: After importing, it is extremely important that you review and edit the citation details (title, author, etc.) for your entries.
Every time you import a new file or reference to your Mendeley Library (Desktop or Web), it is very important to check the Details panel to make sure all citation data is correct! This will ensure less work for you when it's time to generate the Bibliography and turn in your paper!
Be sure the Type (Journal Article, Book Section, etc.) is correct for the document or citation you are importing. If the Type fields do not include something that you need for a certain citation style, customize the document template by going to Mendeley Desktop > Preferences > Document Details. Check the fields you want to appear on a certain Document type template. For example, you can add a Medium field to the Journal Article Document Type so that you can comply with MLA 7th style and add 'Print' or 'Web' as needed.
[Screen capture is Mendeley Desktop and not the Reference Manager]
If you forget to do this, Mendeley will catch SOME but not all of your citations that have missing or problematic details. Click the Needs Review option in the left sidebar menu to see citations with problems that Mendeley has flagged for you.
You can add additional links to the Details panel. We recommend you use permanent URLs or permalinks whenever possible. You can find permalinks in most Library subscription databases and Government publications.
You can also add a PDF or other file by clicking on "Add Files" in the Details panel and searching for the file in your local hard drive.
Screen captures show Mendeley Desktop (not Mendeley Reference Manager)
Mendeley.com allows you to search for and add articles to your library, many of which have been added by other Mendeley users worldwide. Most users do not want your course syllabus, your working documents, or other miscellany. To prevent these documents from showing up in the Mendeley search results of others, click the "Unpublished work" checkbox at the bottom of the Details panel in Mendeley Desktop ("Opt Out" in Desktop), or deselect the "Share this reference anonymously with Mendeley Web Catalog option" in Mendeley Reference Manager ("Opt In" in MRM).
|Mendeley Desktop (Opt out from sharing)||Mendeley Reference Manager (Opt in to sharing)|
Use these setting to prevent the following types of documents from cluttering up the Web Catalog for other users: