Managing references : Mendeley

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Managing references :
Mendeley
Table of Contents
 Why use a reference management
software?
 What is reference management software?
 Mendeley features and functionality
Typical researcher writing a paper…
Source: flickr/toennessen
Problem statement…
Your topic:
article
article
article
article
Your paper
citations
book
book
conference
conference
conference
paper
paper
paper
• Lots of typing
• Lost references
• Mistakes
reference list/bibliography
Use a reference management tool!
article
article
article
article
Your article
citations
book
book
conference
conference
paper
conference
paper
paper
EndNoteWeb
Mendeley
Etc.
reference list/bibliography
Reference management softwares
Tools that help scholars to create and manage
their lists of references for research projects.
Most tools are designed to organize citations into
specific formats for the preparation of
manuscripts and bibliographies.
Many search tools provide ways to download
references into reference management tools.
This is a comparison of selected
Reference management softwares.
What is Mendeley?
Mendeley is a free reference manager
and academic social network that can
help you organize your research,
collaborate with others online, and
discover the latest research.
Syncs Desktop & Web
applications
Desktop – a free academic software
to manage, share, read, annotate
and cite your research papers
Web - a research network to
manage your papers online,
discover research trends and
statistics, and to connect to likeminded researchers
This is the Web version of
Mendeley which is used to
manage your papers online.
Tabbed menu
or Resources
Main menu or
Function menu
My Library/
Collections
References
References
Collections
Filters
Desktop version of Mendeley
which is used to manage,
annotate and cite your research
papers.
Reference
details
The basic version of Mendeley Web is free
with 2 GB Personal Web Space and 500
MB Shared Web Space
You can also upgrade to their premium
plans with additional storage and features
for a fee.
To register and use Mendeley, go to the following address:
http://www.mendeley.com
From the Mendeley homepage, you will see the Sign up &
Download and Sign in box. Click on Sign up & Download to
Register.
You can also use your Facebook account to Sign in.
Mendeley will automatically
detect the operating system
that you are using.
Click Save so you can use
the file again if you decide
to install it in your other
computers or laptops.
If you decide to use your
Facebook account to Sign
in, you have to provide
your email and password.
To be able to share your profile and
make it searchable to all users of
Mendeley, you should verify your
account.
Open the email address that you use
during the sign up/registration.
Click on the URL or the link provided in the
email to verify your Mendeley account.
After clicking on the URL or link, you
will be sent to this page that verifies
your account.
Exercise 1
1. Open your preferred web browser (IE,
Firefox, Chrome, etc.)
2. Go to the website: www.mendeley.com
3. Sign up for an account
and download the Mendeley Desktop.
Creating your Mendeley Library
There are several ways:
• Add a PDF
• Add a folder of PDFs
• Drag and drop PDFs in Mendeley Desktop
• Import/export to and from other reference
management software
• Add reference manually
• Watch folders to automatically add PDFs to
Mendeley Desktop
• One-click Web Importer
• Search references within the Mendeley
website
Click Add Files, browse to the
location of the pdf then, click the
Open button.
This slide shows that the pdf has been added to
your library.
Mendeley will attempt to automatically detect the
document details (bibliographic data).
Any documents whose details Mendeley is
uncertain about will be added to the Reference
details section for manual verification.
Click Add Folder, browse to the
location of the folder then, click the
Ok button.
This slide shows that all PDFs have been added
to your library. Two were added.
Mendeley will attempt to automatically detect the
document details (bibliographic data).
Any documents whose details Mendeley is
uncertain about will be added to the Needs
Review section for manual verification.
Drag & drop PDFs here to
add them to your library.
Export and Import to and from other
reference management software
Add Entry manually lets you add
references to Mendeley Desktop by
completing a form.
Exercise 2
1. Log in to your Mendeley Web account then click
the Papers tab.
2. In the search box, search for the article:
The scientific foundation for tobacco harm
reduction, 2006-2011 by Brad Rodu
3. Save it to your library.
4. Open your Mendeley Desktop and click Sync.
The article should be displayed.
Exercise 3
1. In Mendeley Desktop, click File - Add Entry Manually.
2. Select Book and enter the following:
Title: Tuberculosis Control in the Western Pacific Region 2010 Report
Author: World Health Organization. Regional Office for the
Western Pacific
Publisher and publication date:
WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific, 2011.
3. Click Save.
Exercise 4
1. Download the following article and save to
your desktop:
Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis today
by A Matteelli et al.
Click to get full text pdf
2. Drag and drop the pdf file in the Reference
section of your Mendeley Desktop.
3. Review the details of the article before clicking
the button - Details are Collect.
Exercise 5
1. Try to export any of your references from the
reference management software which you are
currently using (i.e., BibTeX, EndNote, RIS and
Zotero). Then Save it in your desktop.
2. In Mendeley Desktop, click File – Import –
[Choose the format of the exported file] and then
locate the file you exported then click Open.

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