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Manage Citations with Zotero, Mendeley, and EndNote

Provides guidance on how to use choose a citation management program and how-to use various citation management programs.

The Bottom Line

Best Uses for Mendeley Web:


  • Import citations when you're away from your computer.
  • Download PDFs with one click when the article is freely available on the web.
  • Discover articles from other Mendeley users by topic or popularity.
  • Find people who share your interests and invite colleagues to join.
  • Create public and private groups to share resources and updates.
  • Find and join or follow groups, too.

Dashboard Tab


View your newsfeed to see your recent activities and comments

and those of your contacts and group members.


My Library Tab


My Library is your collection of papers, folders, and groups.

As with Mendeley Desktop, you can mark articles as read or unread and star your favorites.



You can also view your account usage.

A free account from Mendeley includes 500 MB each of personal and shared storage space.

Premium accounts are also available.

Papers Tab


In Papers, find articles from other Mendeley users by topic or popularity.



Groups Tab

 As with Mendeley Desktop, Groups lets you create and use public or private groups. You can also find groups and join or follow their updates.


People Tab


Find people who share your interests and view their profiles.


Importing Article Citations


Import citations with only one click

when searching in these sources.




    Be sure to have the Import to Mendeley button installed.



      Try different display profiles if Mendeley isn't recognizing the article's bibliographic information.

      For instance, Mendeley won't recognize a JSTOR article unless the Summary tab is clicked instead of Page Scan (the default display).




      Mendeley will import the PDF of the article when it can, but it can't grab the PDF of anything that's behind a proxy service  (which is pretty much all of our databases), even when you're logged in or on-campus!


      EBSCO's Academic Search Complete



      To be able to go to the article later, you'll probably want to make sure you have the stable URL or permalink.


      EBSCO's Academic Search Complete



      Then, you can go into

      Edit Document Details,



      and add your stable URL.



      Once you're in Mendeley Desktop, you can go back to the article and download the PDF or import your saved or emailed article.



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