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Mendeley Desktop

This section of the guide shows you how to use the key functions of Mendeley Desktop, including how to:

  • add references to your library
  • organise your library
  • cite and write
  • sync your library.

Once you have installed Mendeley Desktop on your device, you will see a blank library that is made up of three panels (see image below). You may be prompted to take a quick virtual tour of the software on your device.  Alternatively, obtain an overview of the Mendeley Desktop interface at The Library view information page.


Top tip: At this point, it's worth thinking about where you have saved your readings and documents, and/or where you will search for the articles, theses, books, conference papers and additional sources that you will add to your library.

  • Do you have an exisiting folder of PDFs, or an Excel spreadsheet which contains your references?
  • What data or documents do you already have on hand that can be added to your Mendeley library?
  • Which databases will you search to locate other sources you need? Take a look at our Finding Journal Articles and More guide for some pointers.

Got some ideas? Great! Now, select the Add References tab to get started.

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