Mendeley Desktop for Systematic Reviews of Literature

Mendeley Desktop is an application that makes it possible to easily store, manage and search a PDF document library. Furthermore, its features make it suitable for systematic reviews of literature.

Mendeley offers web, desktop and mobile versions of its software synchronizing citation libraries across all platforms.

Organize your library

Mendeley Desktop provides many features to help organize your library and streamline research workflow. Folders and subfolders help categorize documents within your library while tags help better understand their contents, while search is available across whole or parts of documents. Furthermore, attach files directly to references as well as view and annotate attached PDFs before managing full text settings as well as editing reference details such as author names to ensure consistency and make retrieving specific references simpler in future.

Mendeley makes automatic syncing an integral component of its service, enabling you to always access an up-to-date copy of your library online and accessible from any computer with internet connectivity. When you sync, all changes made to your library – such as new publications and annotations – will be immediately updated in both Mendeley Desktop and Mendeley Web.

Mendeley Desktop makes it easy to organize your library with customized collections. By adding one, all documents within that collection will appear in the left panel of Mendeley Desktop. Feel free to create as many collections as desired and move references between them; when deleted from Mendeley, all references remain accessible in its place in Mendeley. This also applies for folders; adding references will not relocate them; instead they act as labels for future reference.

Search your library

Mendeley Desktop features a left sidebar panel which displays your Library and named collections. When adding references to collections, adding references does not actually move them; they simply act as labels. To search a collection in Mendeley, simply use its menu within this panel.

Mendeley offers another method for adding citations to your library: Watched Folders. This approach involves having Mendeley monitor certain folders on your computer and automatically import any PDF documents found there into Mendeley Library automatically. Or manually import citations from research databases by selecting “Save to Mendeley” button (or “Add Entry Manually”) when viewing records or search results in supported databases.

Mendeley attempts to automatically extract key details when you save PDFs or citations into Mendeley, such as authors, article titles, year of publication and more. Once saved to your Library for viewing and annotation purposes. If information is incomplete or inaccurate it will end up in Needs Review so you can address these issues directly.

Mendeley makes it easy to discover new papers related to your field by searching through other researchers’ libraries. When more researchers in your discipline save a paper or citation, it gains greater prominence in Mendeley paper catalog. Furthermore, Mendeley web platform also features an “Suggestions” feature which will send a weekly list of suggested articles based on your Library.

Add tags to references

Tags are customizable labels designed to help organize your library as an alternative or complementary method of classification. You can add as many tags as needed for each reference and anyone who accesses your library can see this tag under MY TAGS section.

Mendeley Desktop offers a complete set of tools for managing research, from an annotation feature on PDF documents to creating citations and bibliographies easily; file organisation features; collaboration tools; as well as support for working collaboratively. Plus, it integrates easily with word processors so you can insert citations directly into documents with ease!

Additionally, it offers tools that enable users to select text within documents, navigate around pages and make sticky notes; highlight sections of a document; use Web Importer to access references from scholarly databases and import references directly.

Your entire library can be shared with other users, enabling you to collaborate on research projects no matter where or what devices are at hand. Being able to collaborate with up to 50 people at once is invaluable when working on joint projects – whether sharing individual documents or the entire library (with annotations, notes and full text). Furthermore, permission can be set so only certain individuals have permission to view or edit documents, making this particularly helpful when working with students.

Export your library

EndNote, Papers, Zotero and RefWorks all offer export functions that allow you to easily transfer references into their programs for later import into Mendeley Desktop or Web. Be sure to double-check that Document Type information (Journal Article or Book Section) and any custom fields have transferred successfully before doing this step.

Mendeley can also be used to download PDF documents from online resources, typically using permalinks – unique links that point directly to a specific version of a resource. Our Library offers guidance on obtaining these permalinks for our subscription databases; more general advice can be found at Mendeley Support Site.

Mendeley can automatically download some PDFs into a Watched folder, but not from all resources. Therefore it is wise to utilize permalinks where possible or search the Document Details panel in Mendeley for links directly to PDFs. Likewise, Mendeley cannot always detect all problems within a citation, so always double-check that all citations are complete and accurate by selecting Needs Review option in left sidebar menu.

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