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Library Services




Guide to using Mendeley reference management and social citation sharing software

Searching your library

To search your library, use the search box at the top right of the screen, next to your name. The document details in your library will be searched, as well as any tags which you have applied to your references.


You can organise references by putting them into collections. 

  • To create a collection, click on New collection in the left pane.
  • To delete, re-name, or add a sub-folder, click on the three dots to the right of a collection name.
  • You can drag and drop references from All Documents into a collection, or select references by ticking the boxes and using the Add to option at the top of the page.
  • To remove a reference from a folder, use the Remove from collection option at the top of the page. If you remove a reference from a collection, the reference can still be found under All Documents. Do not drag and drop your references to Trash if you want to remove it from a collection as this will delete the reference also from your All Documents.

Deleting references

  • To delete a references, select reference(s) by ticking the boxes, then click Delete at the top of the page, or click and drag the reference to the Trash folder, which is found at the bottom of all the folders in the left pane. 
  • References will remain in Trash until you delete them permanently. To delete references permanently, go to the Trash folder. Select reference(s) by ticking the boxes, then click Delete forever at the top of the page.
  • If you wish to restore references in Trash to your Library, select reference(s) by ticking the boxes, then click Restore at the top of the page.