Mendeley is free to download for Mac, Windows,Linux, and iPads/iPhones.
The Desktop version of Mendely should operate as your home resesarch library for three reasons:
1. You can add citations to Microsoft Word from Mendeley Desktop
2. It is easiest to move documents to and from Mendeley when using the desktop application.
You can drag and drop pdf articles directly to Mendeley desktop
3. Mendeley Desktop allows you to view and edit PDF documents without opening Adobe or Preview.
In short, Mendeley has more useful functions than Mendeley Online or the Mobile App version of Mendeley.
--Mendeley Online and Mendeley's Mobile App are best used as supplements to Mendeley Desktop
When you create a Mendeley Account (you can create an account Here), you gain access to an online research library:
You can add citations/documents to your library by using Mendeley's Web Importer, or by syncing your content from Mendeley Desktop.
Mendeley Online is best used as a way to move & sync citations to Mendeley Desktop.
Your Online Mendeley Library best operates as a intermediary for your Desktop Library.
To Sync content from your Mendeley Online Library to your Mendeley Desktop Library (and vice versa), click the "Sync Button" on the top of the Mendeley application
The Web Importer can be installed Here.
Once Installed, the Web Importer will appear in your Favorites/Bookmarks Bar.
If you cannot view this bar, you can add it using the instructions below.
Once you have found an article that you want to import to your library, select "Save to Mendeley" in your favorites bar.
This box will appear in your screen:
Add any additional information you need, and press Save.
There are several ways to add references to Mendeley:
Once a reference is added, you will be asked if the citation details are correct.
You will want to make sure your details are as accurate as possible.
You can set Mendeley up to automatically add the PDF's you download into a specific folder.
Mendeley will "Watch" selected folders on your computer, and automatically add any files that are put in this folder into your library.
Once added, your references will be filed under the "All Documents" section of your library.
There are several other sections in your library, which you can drag and drop your reference or document under.
You can add folders and sub-folders to organize your library.
Mendeley essentially operates as a private library. Like the library collection at Carleton, you can search your Mendeley Research Library.
Your library, whether online, on your desktop, or as an app, has a search bar. Mendeley's search function operates as a keyword search.
Mendeley indexes popular articles on various subjects. The Mendeley "Literature Search" searches across this index. This tool is not great for elaborate research (use a database instead), but Mendeley's indexing does have a useful function:
When you click on any reference, you can choose to add notes in the details pane.
If there's a pdf attached, the Mendeley pdf viewer lets you annotate the document and you'll see all those annotations in the Notes tab.
Mendeley allows you to create citations and generate bibliographies seamlessly into Microsoft Word Documents.
In order to set up Mendeley to do this, you need to install the Microsoft Word Plug-In.
To install the plug-in:
Once Installed, Microsoft Word will now have this toolbar:
To make a citation anywhere in your paper:
1. Choose a style from the bar's drop-down menu.
2. Select where you want the citation to go, and click the "Insert Citation" button on the bar.
This will prompt you to search for the citation, or to go to Mendeley and click on the desired citation.
3. After placing all your citations, add a biliography by clicking the "Insert Bibliography" button.
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