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Guide to using Mendeley reference management and social citation sharing software

Using Collections

References are organised into ‘Collections’. There are two types of collection: Smart collections & Custom collections. Mendeley automatically arranges your references into smart collections, such as 'Recently Added'. Custom collections give you a filtered view of your library. You can 'filter' into collections and subcollections. Collections are displayed in the left-hand pane of the Library.

Reference Manager - left-hand pane                  To create custom collections, click on the New collection box at the bottom of your list of collections, and give the collection a name. To create a hierarchical structure (collection and sub-collections), drag and drop the new collection to another collection, to sit within that collection.

You can drag and drop a reference from All References into a collection. The reference will also remain in All References.

Alternatively, you can select the reference (check the box to the left of it), and then in the Action panel at the bottom of the screen, click on Organize, then Add to Collection. You can specify multiple collections, to add a reference to.

If you remove a reference from a collection, the reference can still be found under All References.

Do not drag and drop a reference to Trash to remove it from a collection as this will delete the reference from your library.

To remove a reference from a collection, select it (click in the check box to the left of it), and then in the Action panel, select Organize, and then Remove from Collection.