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Managing References

An introduction to reference management programs and software.


Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research.

It interfaces with Facebook and you can sync your Mendeley library to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.

Mendeley has plugins for Microsoft Word and Open Office, which allow you to insert citations and generate bibliographies.

You can add PDFs to Mendeley and Mendeley will then attempt to automatically extract document details (authors, title, journal etc.)

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For staff: export your references from Mendeley for import into Readings Online

To export references from Mendeley in a format that can be imported into Readings Online:

  1. From Mendeley Desktop, highlight the citations in your library you would like to export (if you want to export your whole library, highlight one citation then press Ctrl A)
  2. Select File > Export (or press Ctrl+E)
  3. From the 'Export Selected Documents' window, enter in a file name and select 'RIS - Research Information Systems (*.ris)' as the 'Save as type' 
  4. The .ris file should now be saved in your nominated file/location ready for upload/import 

Exporting Mendeley Library

Then follow these instructions to load your RIS file into a Readings Online collection

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