Mendeley Desktop allows you to:
As with any computer or files you use, you should be backing up your Mendeley collection periodically.
In Mendeley Desktop:
Please note: this backup should be stored in your local drive. If you try to recover this backup in a future from Mendeley Desktop and the folder is linked to a cloud-based drive or folder, you may experience serious database recovery issues.
You can also create a backup manually, which is only advised in the case that you cannot access Mendeley Desktop.
Locate your database. Where your database files are stored varies from operating system to operating system. In order to locate yours, please follow the corresponding value:
Copy this entire folder to somewhere safe. You can copy this to another computer, a USB stick, or another folder on your computer for safe-keeping.
There are 3 main ways to add a reference to Mendeley Desktop:
Once PDF's have been added to your library, you can read them within Mendeley's PDF Viewer. This function allows you to:
The Sync function will synchronize your library data to all of your Mendeley Web, desktop, and mobile devices.
To edit Sync options, select the first option in your Mendeley library: "All Documents". Then select "Edit Settings" to choose to have all documents or specific folders synced to your Mendeley Web account.
When you import citations from either a PDF or directly from a database, sometimes the full citation information is not imported to your library. You can easily update your citation information by:
The Mendeley.com library of citations is crowd-sourced. What this means is that all the citations added to your personal Mendeley library are also added to the database of citations that Mendeley shares with everyone. This is what drives the discovery aspect of Mendeley--you can find new research based on what your colleagues and other scholars have added to their libraries. An important note: all citations are anonymized, so your citations will not be tied to your name or account in Mendeley.com.
There may be times when you don't want a citation in your personal Mendeley library to be added to the crowd-sourced library. For example, this could be unpublished papers, personal manuscripts, or class notes. To keep these citations private, be sure to check the "Unpublished work" button at the bottom of the document details form. For more information, follow this link.