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Reference Management

Information about Mendeley

Mendeley is:

Free reference management software (additional storage space costs more)

  • Academic collaboration network
  • Place to store and work with your literature
  • Place to make your own profile

 

The free version of Mendeley limits you to:

  • 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 http://www.mendeley.com/
  • Install Mendeley Desktop and Web Importer from Mendeley website
  • Install MS Word Plugin or LibreOffice Plugin from Mendeley Deskstop
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Mendeley guides

Mendeley support

Turku University Library provides support for Mendeley. If you have questions, please contact tietopalvelu@utu.fi.

Importing references and articles

Mendeley’s Web Importer is currently not working properly with EbscoHost databases. You can import references into Mendeley as a RIS file.

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

The import of references as RIS files

1. Select the references you want to export. You can, for example, add references first to a temporary folder by clicking on the blue folder icon to the right of the citation in the result list.
 

 

 

2. Go to Folder icon at the top of the screen.

3. Check Select all.

4. Click Export.

5. Check that the option "Direct Export in RIS Format" is selected and press Save from the left side of the screen.

6. From the opening window select from the Open with menu Mendeley Desktop. Press OK

OR

6. Save the file. Go to Mendeley and choose from the File menu Import -> RIS Research Information Systems (.ris) and browse for your saved file.

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

Note! These instructions work with Firefox browser, with other browsers the downloaded file may act differently.

From the Elsevier’s Scopus and ScienceDirect databases you can import references directly into Mendeley.

1. Make a search and check the records you want to export

2. From the Export dialogue, select Save to Mendeley

3. From the opening menu, you can choose Save all or click the + button to save records individually into Mendeley.

4. Now the records have been saved to Mendeley Web version. You can click on the Open in Mendeley icon or go directly to Mendeley Desktop and click on Sync to view the records in the desktop version.

Importing references as RIS file from Melinda

1. Make a search and check the references you wish to export

2. Choose from the bottom of the page Selected, RIS-format and To Screen

3. Click on Submit and a page will open displaying your references as text. Right-click on the page and select Save Page as (N.B. Web browser: Firefox)

4. Save the file as a text file .txt

5.  Go to Mendeley Desktop and select from the File menu Import -> RIS Research Information Systems (.ris)

6.  Fom the Files as type menu at the bottom of the opening window, select Text (*.txt) and browse for your saved file. Click Open.

5. References have now been saved to Mendeley.

 

 

From Ovid databases you can import records using the Web Importer, if you have installed the Web Importer to your browser bar.  Ovid databases  include, for example, Ovid MEDLINE, JBI and Biological Abstracts.

From Ovid databases it is not possible to export multiple references using the Web Importer. However, you can export individual records from the article’s abstract page. At the moment, it is recommended to import multiple records into Mendeley as a RIS file.

The import of references as a RIS file

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

2. Choose Export.


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

4. In the next window select from the Open with menu Mendeley Desktop. Press OK

OR

5. Save the file. Go to Mendeley and choose from the File menu Import -> RIS Research Information Systems (.ris) and browse for your saved file.

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

Note! These instructions work with Firefox browser, with other browsers the downloaded file may act differently.

ProQuest databases include, e.g: ABI/INFORM, Eric, Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA), ProQuest Historical Newspapers, The Vogue Archive

Importing files as a  RIS file

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

2. Select Save and from the opening dialogue RIS (works with EndNote, Citavi, etc.).

3. Make sure that on the next screen in Output to reads RIS (Works with EndNote, Citavi, etc.) and press Continue.

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

OR
 
4. Save the file. Then go to Mendeley and choose from the File menu 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 with Firefox browser, with other browsers the downloaded file may act differently.

From PubMed you can import references using the Web Importer, if you have installed the Web Importer booklet into you browser.

Import of references with the Web Importer

1. Make a search in the database.

2. From the browser’s bookmark bar, click on (in IE Save to Mendeley button).

3. A window will open, from where you can select Save all or select the records to be exported individually and then click Save.

4. Now the records have been saved to Mendeley Web version. To view the records in the Mendeley Desktop, go to the desktop version and click on Sync.

 

Hint: If the record information did not import correctly, you can right-click the reference and select Update details.

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 and Papers reference management software to Mendeley.

Exporting references as a RIS file

1. Choose the references you wish to export.

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

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

 

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

OR
 
4. Save the file. Then go to Mendeley and choose from the File menu 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 with Firefox browser, with other browsers the downloaded file may act differently.

You can export multiple references from Volter as a RIS file. Note! International article (Primo) records can be exported using the web importer.

The import of references as RIS files

1. From the top right, login to Volter with your UTU credentials

2. Make a search and select references by clicking on the icon next to the citation in the result list

3. Go to Your account at the top of the screen

4. Go to Favourites.

5. Check the references you want to export.

6. Click on Export Selected and choose RIS. Note! If the option RIS is not shown, make sure that you have not selected any international articles (Primo) to be exported. These can be exported individually using the web importer.

 

7. Click on Export and then Download File. From the next screen's Open with menu, select Mendeley Desktop. Press OK.

OR

7. Save the file. Go to Mendeley and choose from the File menu Import -> RIS Research Information Systems (.ris) and browse for your saved file.

8. The reference will import to Mendeley’s All Documents folder. Check the imported record details!

Note! These instructions work with Firefox browser, with other browsers the downloaded file may act differently.


Import of individual references with the Web importer

You can import individual international article references using the Web Importer, if you have installed the Web Importer booklet into you browser.

  1. Open the reference
  2. From the browser’s bookmark bar, click on  (in IE Save to Mendeley button).
  3. From the opening window select Save.

  1. Now the record has been saved to Mendeley Web version. To view the record in the Mendeley Desktop, go to the desktop version and click on Sync.


 

You can export references from Volter, Arto and Fennica databases as a RIS file.

Importing references as a RIS file.

1. Make a search and check the references you want to export.

2. Click on Export.

3. From the opening window's Export Format menu select RIS Format (EndNote, ProCite, Reference Manager) and then Click to Export.

 


4. From the opening screen's Open with menu, select Mendeley Desktop. Press OK.

OR

4. Save the file. Go to Mendeley and choose from the File menu 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 with Firefox browser, with other browsers the downloaded file may act differently.

From Web of Science, it is not possible to export multiple references using the Web Importer. However,  you can export individual records from the article’s abstract page. At the moment, it is recommended to import multiple records into Mendeley as a BibTex file.

The export of references from Web of Science Core Collection as a BibTex file

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

2. Choose from the drop-down menu above Save to Other File Formats (the default text reads Save to EndNote)

3. From the opening window select Full Record and BibTex.

4. Save file.

5. Go to Mendeley Desktop and choose from the File menu Import - > BibTex (*.bib).

6. Browse for your saved file and click Open.


Note! These instructions work with Firefox browser, with other browsers the downloaded file may act differently.

 

Mendeley's Web Importer is currently not working with JSTOR. You can import multiple references into Mendeley as a txt file.


The import references as txt files

1. Select the references you want to export.

2. Select Export Selected Citations and then Export a Text file.

3. In the opening window select from the Open with menu Mendeley Desktop. Press OK.


OR

4. Save the file. Go to Mendeley and choose from the File menu Import-> BibTex (does not matter which, the selection will be changed later).

5. In the opening window choose from the drop-down menu in the bottom right corner Text (*.txt) and browse for your saved file. Press Open.


6. The references are now saved into Mendeley.

Note! These instructions work with the Firefox browser, with other browsers the downloaded file may act differently.

 

Mendeleyn Web Importer is currently not working with Project Muse. You can import references into Mendeley as a RIS file.


The import of references as RIS files

1. Select the references you want to export either one by one using the Save Citation link or select Save all citations.

2. Go to Saved Citations in the top right corner.

3. Press from the left Option 2:EndNote ->  Export to EndNote.

4. In the opening window select from the Open with menu Mendeley Desktop. Press OK.

OR

5. Save the file. Go to Mendeley and choose from the File menu Import-> RIS Research Information Systems (.ris) and browse for your saved file.

6. The references are moved into the Mendeley's All Documents folder.

Note! These instructions work with Firefox browser, with other browsers the downloaded file may act differently.

 

You can set Mendeley to watch a specific folder on your computer. Mendeley will then automatically import all PDF files saved in that folder into your personal Mendeley library. You can start using the Mendeley’s Watch Folder feature as follows:

1. In Mendeley Desktop, click File -> Watch Folder.

2. From the opening menu, check the box for the folder you wish to watch.

3. After this any new PDFs added to the folder will be automatically imported to your personal library in Mendeley.

4. When you want to disable the Watch Folder function, remove the check for the folder.

 

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Mendeley Desktop at the university

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

On campus, Mendeley Desktop is also available at:

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

To the library computers and the above mentioned IT classrooms the Mendeley Desktop updates will be downloaded regularly by the IT Services. However, If you see an Update Found window when opening Mendeley Desktop, click Not Now.