The most reliably complete citations for journal articles are found in the database holding that article. You are usually more successful if you start from a page like this, rather than from an open PDF:
To add a citation like this to your Mendeley account, click on the 'Add to Mendeley' button in your browser
If you have not logged into Mendeley lately, you will be prompted to do that.
To make sure all the citation details are correct, click on the pen icon to edit the citation information. To save the citation, click on 'Add' (though you can also specify the folder to which you would like to add this citation. (You would have needed to create this folder beforehand.)
To export several citations at a time out of Discovery and into your Mendeley Reference Manager' software, follow these steps:
Step 1: Do one or more searches of Discovery and select the citations you want to keep.
Step 2: When you have finished searching, open your list of chosen citations by clicking on 'My Items' in the top right corner.
Step 2: At this point you can review your list and un-select the citations you no longer want.
Step 3: Click on the 'Cite' button.
Step 4: Click on 'Export to RIS'
Step 5: Open your Mendeley Reference Manager software and import the file in RIS format.
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.
You can also search the Mendeley website for new citations. This enables you to search the combined total of all the Mendeley libraries that exist.
This can be particularly useful when wanting to add a government document or stakeholder report that you might otherwise have to enter into your library manually. Search for that document title to see if someone has created the citation entry already and just add it to your library.
You can search all of Mendeley from the Mendeley website or you can access it from the 'Tools' menu in the Mendeley Reference Manager
If you have PDFs, or even a whole folder of PDFs, stored on your computer that you would like to add to your Mendeley account:
If you want to copy a webpage to your Mendeley Reference Manager, first make sure you have the 'Mendeley plug in installed in your browser's tool bar. Then, when you are on a webpage you want to add to your Mendeley account, you simply click on the 'Save to Mendeley' shortcut in your tool bar. You will see a pop-up window where you can complete the citation information.
Sometimes you will have to enter your citations manually. In which case: