Below we have listed several different ways to add references to your Mendeley library, and you may find some of these methods fit well with the way you search for information. However, if you would like the references in your library to include the PDFs, the most efficient way of adding them is to first download the PDFs of the references you need, and drag and drop the PDFs into your library (see Mendeley Beginner's Guide).
Depending on the database, you may be presented with some options before you export the information.
The file types compatible with Mendeley include: BibTex (.bib), RIS (.ris), or PubMed files (.nbib). Select one of these if you have the option. If possible, choose an option that allows to export as much information as possible, e.g. ‘complete reference’ or ‘citation and abstract’ instead of just ‘citation’.
Once you have made your selections, export the information. The example below is for the Ovid databases:
The way your computer handles the file is determined by your browser settings. If you are prompted to save or open the file, save it to a location on your computer you will remember (such as Downloads).
If you are not prompted, the file should be saved to your Downloads folder automatically. If you have EndNote installed on your computer, it may open automatically when you download the file. If this happens, close EndNote; the file will still be available in your Downloads folder.
When exporting from Google Scholar, it may be more beneficial to open the result/s you require, download the PDF/s and drag and drop into Mendeley (see Mendeley beginner's guide). This adds the reference details, as well as the abstract (where available) and PDF, to your Mendeley library. Whereas the steps below will only include the basic reference details.
There are two other options for exporting from Google Scholar: You can export individual RIS files (as below), or you can use the Mendeley Web Importer.
To export a RIS file from Google Scholar:
Once you have exported a BibTex (.bib), RIS (.ris), or PubMed (.nbib) file from a library database, you can import the file into your Mendeley library.
Because Mendeley and Scopus are both owned by Elsevier, you can send your Scopus search results to Mendeley more smoothly.
The Mendeley Web Importer is a tool you can add to your web browser to import references directly into your library. The Web Importer reads the webpage you are viewing, and can identify references from the screen. It doesn’t work with all webpages, but works well with Google Scholar, some databases, and websites with simple lists of articles.
To install the Web Importer:
If you have a printed article that you want to add to your Mendeley library, you can add it quickly by using the DOI. You can also do this for online articles, but for these it may be simpler to download the PDFs, and drag and drop them into your Mendeley library.
Often articles will have a DOI somewhere on the first page (it may be in the form of a URL):
To add the article to your library: