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Citation Software: Add References

Software applications that help to organize your research. Collect citations, store PDFs, create bibliographies in selected formats, and more.

Import Citations

Your personal Mendeley library will consist of both citations and (in Mendeley Desktop) .pdf documents.

You can add these references in a variety of ways:

  • To add citations to your Mendeley library from the Web or databases, use the Mendeley Web Importer.
  • To install it go to:
  • Make sure your browser allows pop-ups or go to your browser preferences to allow pop-ups from Mendeley.
  • Drag the  icon to your browser toolbar.
  • When you find a document on the Web or in a database that you want to cite, click on the tag in your toolbar, and complete the pop up window instructions to generate the citation. If you've also downloaded a .pdf, you can click under Files in the bottom of the right pane to add that .pdf to your Mendeley library.
  • You can drag pdfs into Mendeley as well; newer citations will generate their citation information automatically

Be sure to double check the information it provides, however. Mendeley can sometimes not extract complete or correct citation information.

Export Citations From Scopus

Add File: Drag & Drop

You can add .pdf files directly from your computer into Mendeley Desktop.

1. Click on Add Files under File in the menu bar to choose a .pdf to add to your library.


2. Simply drag the .pdf file into your library.

In both cases, Mendeley will "read" the file and create a citation.

Always check the resulting citation carefully. Mendeley sometimes may be unable to provide full citation information.

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