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Reference Management

Information about Mendeley

Mendeley is:

  • A free reference management software (additional storage space can be purchased for a fee).
  • A place to store and work with your literature.
     

The free version of Mendeley gives you:

  • 2 GB of personal web storage.
  • 5 private groups of up to 25 people.
  • 100 MB of group web storage.

The Mendeley Institutional Edition has not been licensed for the University of Turku.

  • Create your account at www.mendeley.com.
  • Install Mendeley Reference Manager from Mendeley's website.
    • If you are using a university computer, you'll need to install Mendeley from the university's Software Center.
  • Install the Web Importer from the Mendeley website.
  • Install Mendeley Cite or LibreOffice Plugin from the Mendeley Reference Manager.
  • Also read Mendeley's privacy policy: https://www.elsevier.com/legal/privacy-policy.

Mendeley guides

If you have any questions about Mendeley, please contact:

library@utu.fi

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Importing references and articles

1. Select the references you want to export.

2. Select Export selected citation(s).

3. From the pop-up window select RIS (Endnote).

4. Select Download.

5. The file will be saved to the default download location (e.g., the Downloads folder).

6. Go to Mendeley. Click the "+Add new" button and select "Import library > RIS (*.ris)." Browse for your saved file.

6. The references will import to Mendeley’s All References folder.

NOTE: These instructions work with Firefox, on other browsers the downloaded file may act differently.

Mendeley's Web Importer should work with EbscoHost databases, but your experience may vary. Ensure that all references are successfully transferred to Mendeley when using the Web Importer. You can also import multiple references into Mendeley as RIS files.

EbscoHost databases include Business Source Complete, Cinahl, Communication & Mass Media Complete, Eric, Historical Abstracts, MLA International Bibliography with full text,  Philosopher's Index, etc.

Importing several references as RIS files

1. Do a search and select the references you want to export. You can add the references first to a temporary folder in Ebsco by clicking on the blue folder icon on the right of the citation in the results list.

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2. Open the Folder at the icon on top of the page.

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3. Choose Select all.

4. Click Export.

5. Check that the option Direct Export in RIS Format is selected. Press Save on the left of the page.

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6. Save the file. Go to Mendeley Reference Manager and choose Add new > Import library > RIS (*.ris) and browse for your saved file.

7. The references will import to Mendeley’s All References folder.

 

Importing all references as a one RIS file

1. Do a search.

2. Click Share.

Share menu in Embase.

3. Select Export results link and add email address where you want to send the download link.

Email sending menu at Ebsco

 

4. Click Send.

5. Go to your email and download the RIS-file.

6. Unzip file and save it to your computer.

7. Go to Mendeley Reference Manager and choose Add new > Import library > RIS (*.ris) and browse for your saved file. 

8. The references will import to Mendeley’s All References folder.

NOTE: These instructions work with Firefox, on other browsers the downloaded file may act differently.

Importing references from Scopus or ScienceDirect databases

 

Importing references from Scopus

1. Do a search and select the references you wish to export.

2. Select Export. From the list, choose the option Mendeley.

3. The data for the document(s) you selected have been exported to the All References folder in Mendeley.

 

Importing references from ScienceDirect as RIS files

1. Do a search and select the references you wish to export.

2. Click Export > Export citation to RIS.

3. Save the file. Go to Mendeley Reference Manager and choose Add new > Import library > RIS (*.ris) and browse for your saved file.

4. The references will import to Mendeley’s All References folder.

 

Mendeley's Web Importer should work with JSTOR, but your experience may vary. You can import multiple references into Mendeley as a ris file.

 

Importing references as ris files

1. Select the references you want to export.

2. Select Cite and then Export a RIS file

3. The file will be saved to your default download location (e.g., the Downloads folder)

3. Go to Mendeley Reference Manager and choose Add new > Import library > RIS (*.ris) and browse for your saved file.

4. The references will import to Mendeley’s All References folder.

NOTE: These instructions work with Firefox, on other browsers the downloaded file may act differently.

You can import single records using the Web Importer from the article’s abstract page in Ovid databases, if you have installed the importer to your browser. The library recommends you to import multiple records into Mendeley as a RIS file.

Ovid databases include, for example, Ovid MEDLINE, JBI, and Biological Abstracts.

 

Importing references as RIS files

1. Do a search and select the references you want to export to Mendeley.

2. Choose Export.

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3. Check that the option RIS is selected in the Format menu and press Export at the bottom of the screen.

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4. Save the file. Go to Mendeley Reference Manager and choose Add new > Import library > RIS (*.ris) and browse for your saved file.

5. The references will import to Mendeley’s All References folder.

NOTE: These instructions work on Firefox, on other browsers the downloaded file may act differently.

Mendeley's Web Importer imports single records from the article's abstract page, but with varying success. To import several references into Mendeley, it is recommended to import as RIS files.

Importing references as RIS files

1. Do a search and select the references you want to export by clicking Save. The references are saved in a temporary MyMUSE library folder.

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2. Go to MyMUSE library. The link is in the dropdown menu.

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3. Select Cite Library Items from the left and select the citations you wish to export.

4. Select Export to EndNote.

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5. Save the file. Go to Mendeley Reference Manager and choose Add new > Import library > RIS (*.ris) and browse for your saved file.

 

6. The references are saved into Mendeley's All References folder.

NOTE: These instructions work on Firefox, on other browsers the downloaded file may act differently.

ProQuest databases include, for example, ABI/INFORM, Eric, Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA), ProQuest Historical Newspapers, and the Vogue Archive.

Importing references as RIS files

1. Do a search and select the references you want to export.

2. Click on the three dots icon on top of the results list and select RIS (Citavi, Mendeley, etc).

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A picture of Citation Export options. The RIS option is highlighted.

3. Make sure that in the next window in Output to has RIS (works with EndNote, Citavi, etc.) and press Continue.

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4. The file will be saved to your default download location (e.g., the Downloads folder).

5. Go to Mendeley Reference Manager and choose Add new > Import library > RIS (*.ris) and browse for your saved file.

6. The references will import to Mendeley’s All References folder.

NOTE: These instructions work on Firefox, on other browsers the downloaded file may act differently.

You can import references from  PubMed using Mendeley's Web Importer, if you have installed the importer into you browser. You can also import references as PubMed files.

Following instructions workd with Mendeley Destop.

Importing references as PubMed files

1. Do a search and select the references you want to export.

2. Click on Save.

3. Choose from the Selection dropdown menu: Selection.

4. Choose Format > PubMed.

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5. Click on Create file and save the file.

6. Go to Mendeley Reference Manager and choose Add new > Import library > RIS (*.ris) and browse for your saved file.

7. The references will import to Mendeley’s All References folder.

 

You can import references from other reference management programs into Mendeley. The migration guide below will provide you instructions for migrating from RefWorks, EndNote, Zotero, or Papers reference management softwares to Mendeley.

Importing references as RIS files

1. Do a search and select the references you wish to export.

2. Choose Export. The button is located below your name on the right hand corner of the page.

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3. Check that the options chosen in the pop-up window are Selected and Citation export format (*.ris). If you wish, you can give the file a new name. Click Export.

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4a. In the next window, select Mendeley Desktop from the Open with menu. Click OK.

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4b. Save the file. Then go to Mendeley Desktop and choose File > Import > RIS Research Information Systems (.ris) and browse for your saved file.

5. The references will import to Mendeley’s All Documents folder.

NOTE: These instructions work on Firefox, on other browsers the downloaded file may act differently.

Importing references from Scopus

1. Do a search and select the references you wish to export.

2.  Select Export. From the list, choose the option Mendeley.

3. The data for the document(s) you selected have been exported to Mendeley.

You can export multiple references from Volter as a RIS or BibTex file. Note that international article (Primo) records can be exported using the Web Importer. Ensure that all records have been imported into Mendeley when using the Web Importer.

Importing references as RIS files

1. Do a search and select references by clicking on the number.

2. Click on the three dots above the search results and select Export RIS.
A picture of the action options in Volter.

3. Select Encoding > UTF-8 and click on Download.

4. Save the file. Go to Mendeley Reference Manager and choose Add new > Import library > RIS (*.ris) and browse for your saved file.

5. The references will import to Mendeley’s All References folder.

NOTE: These instructions work on Firefox, on other browsers the downloaded file may act differently.

The Web Importer should work in Web of Science, even with multiple references. You can also import multiple records into Mendeley as a BibTex file.

Importing references from Web of Science Core Collection as BibTex files

1. Do a search and select the references you want to export.

2. Choose from the dropdown menu above Export > BibTex.

3. From the next window select how many records you want to export from Record options and from Record content > Full Record. Click Export.

4. Save file.

5. Go to Mendeley Reference Manager and choose Add new > Import library > BibTex (*.bib) and browse for your saved file.

6. Browse for your saved file and click Open.

NOTE: These instructions work on Firefox, on other browsers the downloaded file may act differently.

Mendeley at the university

University of Turku staff will be able to download Mendeley on their work computer via Software Center. The updates will also be available for download there.

On campus, Mendeley is available at:

  • University library workstations    
  • IT classrooms:
    • Sammio, Teutori
    • ATK1 and ATK3, Turku School of Economics
    • Pub408 and Pub409, Publicum
    • EDU453 and EDU454, Educarium
    • Paasikivi, Feeniks Library

Updates will be downloaded regularly to the library computers and the above mentioned IT classrooms for Mendeley. However, If you see an Update Found window when opening Mendeley, click Not Now.