You can import references to your Mendeley library in the following ways: 1) as a RIS or BibTex file, 2) using Web Importer, 3) as PDFs, or 4) manually. We'll go through all these ways next.
1) Importing RIS or BibTex files from databases
Imports of references as RIS or BibTex files take place as follows:
In Mendeley, click Add new > Import library > RIS (*ris) [or BibTeX (*.bib)].
2) Web Import
The Web Importer installed in the browser can be used in some databases (see table). Imports with this add-on are carried out as follows:
3) Importing a PDF to a library
If your computer has a completed PDF file, you can add it to your Mendeley library by dragging the file directly to the line area of the library or clicking Add new > File (s) from computer.
In Mendeley's desktop application, it is possible to put on the so-called Watch Folder, which specifies the folder on the computer where stored PDFs automatically go to Mendeley. In Mendeley's browser version, this possibility does not exist.
4) Manual import
If you find material that is not present in databases (e.g. internet pages), you can add the references to the library as follows:
In the window that opened, fill in the necessary fields and finally click Add entry.
The table shown below shows the ways to import references from different databases. In most cases, references can be imported both in RIS format and using the Web Importer add-in in the browser. RIS-format files are either saved automatically or stored manually according to the browser used on the computer.
|Database||Import file||Web Importer|
|Abi Inform (Proquest)||Cite - RIS||no|
|Ebook Central (Proquest)||Cite Book - EndNote/Citavi (RIS)||no|
|Ebsco databases||Export – Direct Export in RIS Format / Citations in XML format / Citations in BibTeX format||yes|
|Emerald||Citations: download RIS||yes|
|IEEE Xplore||Export – Citations – BibTeX / RIS||yes|
|IIMP (ProQuest)||Cite - RIS||no|
|SAGE journals||Download selected citations - RIS/BibTex - Download Citation||yes|
|Science Direct (Elsevier)||Export - Export citation to RIS/Export citation to BibTex||yes|
|VLeBooks||Download Citations (RIS)||no|