Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Mendeley: Practice - Drag and drop

Practical instructions for installing and using Mendeley citation manager.


There are many ways to add citations to your Mendeley library, outlined under the 'Collecting citations' tab of this guide, The pages in this section of the guide help you practice some of the more common ones.

Using the directions on the left side of this page, and the citation(s) listed on the right side, practice adding this/these citation(s) to your Mendeley library.Instructions for Paste and Spellcheck

Drag and drop

One of the simplest ways to get PDF's into your Mendeley account is to drag and drop them into the software. Open 'Mendeley Desktop' to half your screen, click once on the file you want to import from your desktop and drag it over your citation listings in Mendeley.

The software automatically extracts citation information such as author, title and journal. If Mendeley cannot auto-fill all those fields, it alerts you that the citation is incomplete. You should always double check the accuracy of the citation information Mendeley extracts from these files for you.

dragging and dropping into Mendeley

Practice - drag and drop

  • Save the following sample PDF to your desktop and drag it into your Mendeley Library:

2020 Educause Horizon Report: Teaching and Learning Edition