Drag and drop PDFs or other files from your computer directly into the All Documents folder of MY LIBRARY.
Drag and drop to any folder you create.
File > Add Files/Folder, then use your computer's Finder (Mac) or Browse box (PC) to search for your folder or documents.
Set up a Watch Folder. Go to Mendeley Desktop > Preferences > Watched Folders. Select the folder in your computer's hard drive that you want Mendeley to automatically import from. With a Watched Folder, any time you add a new file to it, such as a downloaded PDF, it will automatically upload to your Mendeley Library.
File > Add Entry Manually to type or paste your citation data into Mendeley Desktop.
You can also add a file later to a citation you have entered.
File > Import to import data in various formats including from other citation managers: BibTeX (*.bib), EndNoteXML (*.xml), RIS (*.ris), or Zotero Library (zotero.sqlite) or simply drag and drop the file into your Mendeley Desktop.
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.
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.
The Mendeley Papers Search locates citations added by Mendeley users worldwide. Most users do not want your course syllabus, your working documents, or other unpublished miscellany. To prevent these documents from showing up in the Mendeley Papers Search, click the "Unpublished" checkbox at the bottom of the Details panel.
Check the "Unpublished work" box for:
Organizing your library with folders is easy. You can use them to separate collections of documents for different projects or topics.
Learn more about organizing your library with folders in this Mendeley Minute: