Mendeley 02: How to use Google scholar to import references

You can use Google Scholar to import resources into your Mendeley library. In order to do that, follow these steps:

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  • Click on search
  • Click on the Mendeley image top of browser

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  • A pop-up will open displaying all items found (first page of search)
  • Click in the boxes next to all literature you want to import into Mendeley

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  • Please note that PDF files will be imported as well (see red indicator next to third resource I have clicked to be imported)
  • Click on Save XXX items (top corner of pop-up)
  • Wait until all of them are imported

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  • Colour changes to green to indicate that all selected resources were imported
  • Will state that it saved xxx items (see top corner of pop-up)
  • Scroll down in browser and select another page of the web search results

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  • Repeat previous steps to import more resources
  • Check if the resources was imported into Mendeley


I found using Google Scholar to import resources an excellent affordance of Mendeley!

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Mendeley 01: Get started

1.  Create a free account

The following steps should be taken to create a free Mendeley account. (Please note: Mendeley is supported by various browsers, but Google Chrome creates the least problems).

Follow these steps:

  • Open Google Chrome
  • Type in the address bar
  • Click on Create a free account
  • Complete the form (page will look similar to image below)
  • I suggest using your gmail email address and not a work email address

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  • Click on Next (page will look similar to image below)

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  • Choose Field of study (drop down list)
  • Provide information with regard to academic status (drop down list)
  • Click on Create an account
  • You will see a page similar to one in image below

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  • Use the email address and password you have used to create the account and sign in.
  • Your account is ready to be used.
  • In the following blog post I will explain the dashboard.

For now, you need to follow two more steps to be able to use Mendeley.


2.  Download and install desktop application of Mendeley

Please note:

Mendeley desktop allows you to insert citations into documents. At this stage, the following word processors are supported:

  • Windows 2007 or later, including Office 365 for Windows
  • Word 11 and Word 2016 for Mac (no previous versions)
  • Lateste version of LibreOffice

(The desktop application allows you to work offline, just remember to sync when you can access the Internet).

  • Scroll all the way down the web page you were taken to when you signed into Mendeley
  • On the right hand side, find Download and Upgrade
  • Click on Download Mendeley free
  • It should provide you with the correct link (green) to download Mendeley for your operation system (mine is Mac OS – see image below)

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  • Click on the green link to download the desktop application
  • Follow the instructions to install the desktop application
  • Use the same email address and password for the desktop application


3.  Install the Web Importer

The web importer imports resources direct from the Internet into your Mendeley account.

  • On the right hand side of the Mendeley web page, find the blue block similar to the one portrayed in the image below.

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  • Click on the Add it to your browser link
  • It will take you to a page explaining how to install the web importer for different browsers
  • If you have decided to use Google Chrome, click directly beneath it on Install the Mendeley Web importer browser extension

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  • In the pop-up window, click on Add to Chrome in the green block (Image – wording is Added to Chrome since I have done that already)

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  • The Mendeley Web Importer will be installed to the right of the address bar of the Chrome browser (see image)

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The last step before you can get started is to enable Microsoft Word to cite your references

4.  Install MS Word Plugin

  • Open the desktop application of Mendeley
  • Click on Tools
  • Click on Install MS Word Plugin (Note – mine is installed, therefore it changed to Uninstall)

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  • Follow the onscreen instructions
  • You are ready to start citing your references
  • Have fun!


I will explain the use of Mendeley in follow-up posts, numbering them from 01 so that you can follow it in sequence.

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Mendeley – a complete referencing tool

I have used Refworks while I have worked on my PhD and loved it, so, when I was asked to attend the Mendeley training session, I did not think it could be possible to persuade me to use Mendeley instead of Refworks. But, I have to admit, after the short introductory course presented by Unisa library staff, I am going to use this reference manager and academic social network in future. Mendeley is webbased, but it also has a desktop application, available at

Screen Shot 2016-03-11 at 1.08.17 PMMendeley is a free reference manager, academic social network and fully-searchable library that supports academics in doing their research in one place.

Mendeley can be used to:

  • generate citations and bibliography in style of choice
  • cite as you write
  • read and annotate PDF’s on the go
  • securely store references
  • access references on any device
  • sort references, documents and notes in one place
  • sort references by using either keywords (tags) or folders for easy access
  • publicly or privately share reading lists, references or full-text articles

The group functionality allows groups of academics to:

  • publicly or privately share reading lists, references or full texts
  • create groups to tackle research assignments, share feedback and write papers with collaborators

The connectivity affordance allows researchers to:

  • connect with colleagues, peers or classmates to follow their research outputs
  • showcase published research to millions around the world

I have created a few tutorials that can be shared with all interested in upping their referencing skills.

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If you need more tutorials, or you find some of the tutorials not sufficient, please feel free to leave a message. You may also request more tutorials if needed.