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When you click on a reference in Mendeley Desktop, the details for that reference will be displayed in the right-hand panel. From this panel, you can edit any field (Title, Author, Tags, etc.) or attach a file to the reference. Whenever you import new references into Mendeley, it is a good idea to review these details to ensure the information is correct.
Click the Notes tab at the top of the panel to add notes and view annotations on attached documents. You can search the notes fields by selecting Notes from the dropdown menu in the search box in the upper right-hand corner of Mendeley Desktop.
Reference panel in Mendeley
Folders are displayed in the left-hand panel of your Mendeley library. Folders are used to categorize and organize references. Certain folders are always present in your Mendeley library:
Create your own folders and subfolders to organize your references. To do so, click Create Folder... in the left-hand panel of your Mendeley library. To create a subfolder, right-click on the folder to which you wish to add a subfolder and select New Folder.
Adding References to a Folder
Removing References from a Folder
Deleting References from a Library
To check for duplicate references in your Mendeley library, select All Documents in the left-hand panel. Then, select Tools > Check for Duplicates from the menu bar.
A list of duplicate references will be displayed. Review the references and choose the details that you would like to keep from each reference by selecting the check box next to each field. Once you have reviewed all the field, click the Merge Documents button.
There are a few ways in which a document can be attached to a reference in your Mendeley library:
You can read and annotate PDF documents in Mendeley on your computer, mobile device, or online (see Additional Topics for more information on Mendeley Web and apps).
Once a PDF has been attached to a reference, a PDF icon will appear next to that reference, and in the Files field of the reference details. Click this icon to open the article in the Mendeley PDF reader, where you can read, highlight and add notes to the file.
Reference with PDF attached
Mendeley PDF reader