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Mendeley Support: Adding Citations


This section of the guide will show you how to add citations to Mendeley from both a library database and manually.

Adding Citations from a Database

1. To add citations to Mendeley from a database, you will first need to download the Mendeley browser extension, which is compatible with Firefox, Chrome, Safari, IE, and more. Once installed, it looks like this:


2. Navigate to your database of choice and conduct a search.  I'm using JSTOR.

screenshot of search for "intersectional feminism" in JSTOR

3. Once you have your search results and you've decided on the articles you want to export, click on the Mendeley browser extension and click the checkboxes of your selections. Click Save (3) - this number will change depending on the number of articles you're exporting.   

screenshot of three articles selected in Mendeley browser extension

4. Your references will be automatically added to the indicated folder in your Web Library. Here, I selected my Intersectional Feminism folder before exporting, but you can also add references to a folder after you export.

screenshot of these references in Mendeley online library         

  screenshot of folders in Mendeley online version, including Intersectional Feminism folder

5. To add the new citations to your desktop library, click on the Sync button in the desktop library. For more information on syncing, please refer to the Syncing Mendeley tab.

Adding Citations Manually

1. To add a citation manually, click on the Add dropdown arrow in Mendeley, then click Add Entry Manually.

screenshot of Mendeley library with Add button highlighted

2. In the New Document window, select the resource type, enter the relevant information, then click Save.

screenshot of New Document window in Mendeley with Journal Article selected and metadata for a resource entered3. The new reference has now been added to your library.

screenshot of the new reference in Mendeley library