Mendeley: how to export your library

A switch to a different kind of reference management software is one of several possible reasons to export your references. When you export your references, you create a small file that you can import again in another type of software. The free Mendeley Desktop version only allows you to export your library as a whole. It doesn't transfer Collections or Groups you may have made.

To export your library, follow these steps:

  • Open Mendeley Desktop
  • Click 'File' > 'Export All'
  • Select the format type you need. RIS is compatible with most reference software.
  • Save the file somewhere you can easily import it to your new software.

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Last modified Oct. 6, 2023, 3:31 p.m.