One of the great features of web-based reference management software is being able to quickly ‘grab’ the reference you’re looking at online in a couple of clicks by installing a web importer plugin or bookmarklet into your browser.
To install the Web Importer, click on the Library tab, and you will see an Install now option within the welcome box. There is also a link to install the plugin from the Downloads section at the bottom right of the Suggest, Groups, Careers or Funding pages. Follow the instructions to add the Web Importer to your browser.
Once installed, if you are using Firefox or Chrome, you will see a red and white Mendeley Web Importer button at the top right of your browser. Other browsers currently use a bookmarklet importer which is saved to your favourites bar. It is not currently possible to install the Web Importer in Microsoft Edge.
To use the Web Importer:
You can try to import references from all sorts of sites, but some sites will not work or the reference details might vary in their completeness.
You can add details of references manually by clicking on the Add button in the top left corner, and then New manual entry. Select the type of reference from the drop-down menu, fill in the fields accordingly, and Save.
If you have PDFs saved on your computer which you want to add to your library, Mendeley can create a bibliographic record from the PDF.
Bibliographic details may not always import correctly. If information is incorrect or missing you can correct this. See Editing references.
When a Mendeley user adds a reference to their library, the reference is then included in the Mendeley Web Catalog (Papers). Any Mendeley user can then find the reference and add it to their library.
To search for references within the Papers Catalog, start from the Feed page and click on the search icon, a magnifying glass, at the top right. You can then choose to search the Papers Catalog.
When looking at the results, the column labelled Readers indicates the number of Mendeley users who have added that particular article into their personal library.
At the top of the pane there is a separate Notes tab for you to add any personal notes about the item.
If you have a PDF attached to a reference, you can annotate the PDF. Double click on the reference to bring up the PDF in a new tab. Use the tools at the top of the page to select and highlight text, add a sticky note, change the colour of the highlighter, and navigate around the document.
Mendeley is owned by Elsevier. If you find references in ScienceDirect or Scopus. (other Elsevier products) then you can use the built in Export function to easily save references directly to Mendeley.