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Have you already invested blood, sweat, and tears into a different reference manager? Like what you see about Mendeley but can't bear the thought of losing the hundreds of references you have saved into another product? Fear not!

If after evaluating Mendeley you do want to make the switch, it is quite straightforward to import your library of saved references from other platforms such as RefWorks and EndNote.

Import from RefWorks

Here are some simple instructions to make the move from RefWorks to Mendeley.
You first go to the References Menu and select the Export option:
RefWorks reference export
Then you proceed to select what you would like to export. This file should be saved as a .TXT document and you don't need to rename the file unless you are going to export one folder at a time. In this case, we recommend you export each folder and save the file with the folder name.
RefWorks Export preferences
Once you have the exported file, you can simply add it to Mendeley via File > Add Files...
Mendeley Desktop import/add file

Import from EndNote

To import your EndNote library, you need to first export your references to an 'EndNote XML' file and then import that into Mendeley Desktop

  1. In EndNote, select the references that you want to import into Mendeley Desktop, and click File > Export...
  2. In the window that appears, there is a box labeled 'Files of type:', in that box select 'XML (*.xml)'
  3. Choose a name for the file and click the 'Save' button
  4. Open Mendeley Desktop and click File > Add Files
  5. Select the file which you exported from EndNote and click Open
In addition to the EndNote XML format, you can also export references to Bibtex and RIS format in EndNote which Mendeley Desktop can also import.
  1. In EndNote select Edit > Output Styles > Open Style Manager
  2. Check the 'Bibtex Export' and 'RefMan (RIS) Export' options in the list that appears then close the window.
  3. Then go to File > Export... and select the 'Text File' type.
  4. In the box labeled Output Style, select either Bibtex Export or 'RefMan (RIS) Export'
  5. In the filename field, enter a name ending in ".bib" for Bibtex or ".ris" for RIS export and click 'Save'.