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Mendeley Desktop

Adding References

In this tutorial, you'll learn how to add references to your library.

By the end of this tutorial, you'll be able to:

1. Overview

2. Adding PDFs

To practice adding PDFs to your library, complete the activity below.

  1. Open the Mendeley desktop app
  2. Open a folder of existing PDFs or you can download pdfs from this journal.
  3. Select the PDFs you want to add.
  4. Drag and drop the PDF files into your Mendeley library.

3. Web Importer

To practice using the web importer to add single and multiple references, complete the activity below.

  1. Perform a search on the library catalogue below for a resource you want to add to your library or you can add items from this journal.
  2. Once you’ve added the references, check that the citation information is correct. If you’re not sure what information you need to include to create an accurate reference, see Skills Hub for your particular referencing style.

4. Updating Citations

To practice updating citations, complete the activity below.

  1. Follow this link or go to a similar source.
  2. Use the web importer to add the reference to your library.
  3. Update the item type and add the missing information to the reference. If you’re not sure what information you need to include to create an accurate reference, see Skills Hub for your particular referencing style.
  4. Download the PDF from the website and add it to the reference.

Extra Activity: Manual References

To practice manually updating references, complete the activity below.

  1. Go to the desktop app on the tool bar (image below) and click the Add icon and select 'Add Entry Manually'.

            

  1. Select the item type “Book Section”.
  2. Complete the reference manually for The Sage handbook of interview research : the complexity of the craft. If you’re not sure what information you need to include to create an accurate reference, see Skills Hub for your particular referencing style.

Extra Activity: Book chapters

To practice adding a book chapter, complete the activity below.

It's usually quicker to update it rather than creating it from scratch. Try adding a chapter from an edited book using the web importer; add the chapter from the 3 sources below and compare quality of records, which one requires the least updating?

When you're adding an reference manully, you can also use the DOI to create a the reference.

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