I am using mendeley to save papers etc. which have come up during my research. However, I am often having some ideas about problems which are interesting or some links which are worth reading later. I would like to add this to mendeley easily, sth like a workable document.

Is sth like that possible? What are you using for a problem like that?

I appreciate your answer!


I am looking for a way to add general notes, which are not paper related?

  • Why the downvote without a comment?
    – Carol.Kar
    Jul 15, 2014 at 17:24

2 Answers 2


Mendeley does let you add notes to your papers: On the right where the bibliography data is normally displayed there is a tab label notes.

Additionally you can add annotations when to a document you open in Mendeley using the buttons at the top.

  • Thx for your answer! However, how to add general notes, which are not paper related?
    – Carol.Kar
    Jul 15, 2014 at 16:29
  • @Kare You'll need a different program for that. Evernote is quite good although I prefer simple Notepad(++).
    – nivag
    Jul 16, 2014 at 8:17
  • Note that the notes field has a maximum length, which isn't clearly signalled. I just lost a half a day's work to this by writing notes on my phone that apparently got too long for the online database: when I synced, the last notes were just gone. gg 👍
    – damian
    Jul 20, 2019 at 16:45

Mendeley is a great tool, but my personal preference while taking general notes is Evernote. The best feature being that it'll sync automatically to all your devices.

Mendeley is something that I use when I have to compile from a huge collection of papers.

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