MendeleyA free, open-source PDF management program Monday 14th May 2:15 – 4:15 pm Rosemary Rodd firstname.lastname@example.org LLemail@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
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General Information Sign in: Pink Attendance SheetPlease fill in the online feedback at the end of the course Start->All Programs->Popular Applications->Course Feedback/ Course files can be downloaded from: www.ucs.cam.ac.uk/support/courses/files Let us know if you need assistance: Please ask questions
General Information Objectives: learn to use the software to organize PDFs and add their associated references to a document. Pre-requisites: use of a web browser Duration & Break: 2 hours - feel free to go out when you need to, but no food/drink in the teaching room, please. Course Material: workbook Delivery Style: self-paced
Follow-on courses: Word 2007: Mastering Dissertations and Theses (Level 3) Web Skills for Researchers: Web of Knowledge and ScopusCourses run by University Library Referencing Without Tears, How To Do A Literature Search, How To Find Things on Your Reading List Newspaper Research
What is Mendeley?A database program specifically designed to organize PDF files.Originally just a PDF management program: citation manipulationwas added on later.References may be used to document any kind of information source. Forexample: Print material: books, journal articles... Audiovisual: TV, radio, film, podcast... Music: CD, MPG... Images: paintings, drawings, photos... Web pages
Editing Mendeley Output StylesMendeley output styles are written in the XML based Citation Style Language—unfortunately there is no GUI editor at present.This means it is possible to edit styles if you cannot find one that fits your requirements, but it is not easyThe next slide shows the beginning of a style definition written in CSL…
Some online tutorials on editing CSL Styleshttp://www.condast.com/zotero/index.htmlhttp://www.zotero.org/support/csl_simple_editshttp://citationstyles.org/downloads/primer.html
Check with your supervisor!If your discipline requires very complicated rules for referencelayout it may be tricky (occasionally impossible) to find a style inMendeley which will satisfy the requirements.ALWAYS produce a small sample and show it to your supervisor,publisher etc. for approval before doing a large amount of work.Your supervisor is also the right person to ask for advice aboutdiscipline-related protocols such as anonymisation of any personaldata you have collected.Dont leave all this until the week before you are due to submit yourwork!
Social Aspects“People like you read...”Once you have a significant library of PDFs thatyou regularly sync online Mendeley will begin tosuggest other papers that may be relevant to yourwork.
As you accept or reject suggestions, Mendeley learns more about the topicsthat are relevant to you
Drag and drop the linkto the reference to attach it
This course covers Adding PDF files to Mendeley Using the program to insert formatted references into documents. Mendeleys “social” aspects which will help you to discover useful papers relevant to your discipline. It doesn’t discuss selecting suitable online databases of references in any depth. If you are doubtful about where to start I would strongly recommend attending the Webskills for Researchers courses and also visiting the University Library’s eresources page www.lib.cam.ac.uk/electronicresources/