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Guide to using Mendeley reference management and social citation sharing software

Exporting from online resources

Instructions for direct export from selected online resources:

Exporting from online resources: key information

Exporting references directly from online resources is generally the recommended way to get references into your library. Exporting references creates a file which can then be opened in Mendeley. In some cases you need to save the file before you can open it. Whether the file will open automatically in Mendeley or not depends on your browser configuration.

Default application

If you are using Desktop@UCL you may find that the default application that is set to open particular file types will cause files to open in other reference management packages, e.g. Zotero. There are a number of alternative ways to resolve this:

  • Change the default program in Windows. Search Windows for Default Apps, click on Choose default applications by file type, change the default program for the appropriate file type, e.g. change the default program for .ris, to Mendeley.
  • From Windows Explorer, locate the folder where the file has been downloaded. Right click and select open with… Then choose MendeleyDesktop from the list.
  • Use the Firefox Web browser, which allows you to choose the program to open the file.

Ebsco databases

  • To export multiple results add the results to your folder by clicking on the blue folder icon.
  • From a single result or from the Folder view (for multiple records) click Export.
  • Ensure Direct Export in RIS Format is selected and click Save.

Then either:

  • From Windows Explorer, locate the folder where the file has been downloaded. Right click and select Open with… Then choose Mendeley Desktop from the list.
    or
  • From Mendeley Desktop, go to the File menu, and select Import and then RIS. Locate the file you have just downloaded and click Open.

Ebsco databases include CINAHL Plus and Business Source Elite::

Explore, UCL's library catalogue

Explore, UCL's library catalogue, is a one-stop service solution for the discovery and delivery of our print and e-resources.

For an individual search result:

  • From the search results screen click on the citation button, which is a quotation mark symbol, or go to the full details screen by clicking on the title.
  • Click on RIS (Endnote OR Refman).
  • From the Encoding menu, select US-ASCII and click on Download.
  • Save the RIS file.

Then either:

  • From Windows Explorer, locate the folder where the file has been downloaded. Right click and select Open with… Then choose Mendeley Desktop from the list.
    or
  • From Mendeley Desktop, go to the File menu, and select Import and then RIS. Locate the file you have just downloaded and click Open.

To import multiple references:

  • Click on the pin icon to the right of all the references you want to send to Mendeley.
  • Click on your name (if signed in) or Guest in the top right corner of the screen and then click on Saved Items.
  • Select all the items again by checking the box at the top of the results list.
  • Click on the Push for actions button, an icon displaying 3 dots at the top of the screen.
  • Click on RIS (Endnote OR Refman).
  • From the Encoding menu, select US-ASCII and click on Download.
  • Save the RIS file.

Then either:

  • From Windows Explorer, locate the folder where the file has been downloaded. Right click and select Open with… Then choose Mendeley Desktop from the list.
    or
  • From Mendeley Desktop, go to the File menu, and select Import and then RIS. Locate the file you have just downloaded and click Open.

Google Scholar

Before carrying out a search

  • Click on the menu icon, with three horizontal lines at the top left of the screen.
  • Click on Settings.
  • Under Bibliography Manager, select Show links to import citations into RefMan.
  • Click on Save.
  • From your Google Scholar search results you can now click on the Import into Refman link beneath any result.
  • Save the .ris file.

Then either:

  • From Windows Explorer, locate the folder where the file has been downloaded. Right click and select Open with… Then choose Mendeley Desktop from the list.
    or
  • From Mendeley Desktop, go to the File menu, and select Import and then RIS. Locate the file you have just downloaded and click Open.

To export multiple records, you need a Google account:

  • Click the Star icon under each record you wish to export.
  • Log into your Google account, then go to My Library.
  • Select the relevant results, or check the box for all results, click on the Export icon and select RefMan.
  • Save the .ris file.

Then either:

  • From Windows Explorer, locate the folder where the file has been downloaded. Right click and select Open with… Then choose Mendeley Desktop from the list.
    or
  • From Mendeley Desktop, go to the File menu, and select Import and then RIS. Locate the file you have just downloaded and click Open.

OvidSP databases

  • Mark the references you wish to save.
  • At the top of the screen, click on Export.
  • Select RIS from the ‘Export to’ drop-down menu.
  • Choose which fields you want to export then click on Export citations and save the file.

Then either:

  • From Windows Explorer, locate the folder where the file has been downloaded. Right click and select Open with… Then choose Mendeley Desktop from the list.
    or
  • From Mendeley Desktop, go to the File menu, and select Import and then RIS. Locate the file you have just downloaded and click Open.

OvidSP databases include MEDLINE, EMBASE and PsycINFO.

PubMed

  • Select the references to export
  • Select Send to then choose the destination Citation manager and click on Create file.
  • Save the nbib file (it may save to your downloads folder).
  • In Mendeley desktop go to the File menu, select Import and then BibTex and navigate to where the PubMed nbib file was saved.
  • Change the file type limiter in the file browser from BibTex to All supported formats. This will allow you to locate the nbib file.
  • Open the nbib file.

Proquest databases

  • Mark the relevant records.and click on Save.
  • Select RIS (works with EndNote, Citavi, etc.) and then click on Continue.
  • If prompted, choose to save the file.

Then either:

  • From Windows Explorer, locate the folder where the file has been downloaded. Right click and select Open with… Then choose Mendeley Desktop from the list.
    or
  • From Mendeley Desktop, go to the File menu, and select Import and then RIS. Locate the file you have just downloaded and click Open.

Proquest databases include Arts Premium Collection, Humanities Index, Library & Information Science Collection, Proquest Central, Proquest News and Newspapers, Social Science Premium Collection and many more.

Web of Science

Ensure you are in Web of Science Core Collection (the other Web of Science databases cannot be directly exported into Mendeley).

  • Select the references you wish to export. 
  • Click on Export and select Other File Formats.
  • Select the fields you wish to include, change the File Format to BibTeX and click Export. 
  • Save the file.

Then either:

  • From Windows Explorer, locate the folder where the file has been downloaded. Right click and select Open with… Then choose Mendeley Desktop from the list.
    or
  • From Mendeley Desktop, go to the File menu, and select Import and then RIS. Locate the file you have just downloaded and click Open.

References may also be added to the marked list and then exported. This will give you further options regarding which fields to export