Mendeley review by my students
- Their main finding is one that I strongly agree with: the relationship between the desktop application and the web site is not clear. This is very confusing when you register. Worse, I am still confused after more than a year… I know that Mendeley refers to last.fm, but the audioscrobbler application works in the background, to track what I play in iTunes. If Mendeley was truly similar, then it should track the PDF papers I read in the background?
- The registration process is confusing: you can only log in from the main web page. There is no register link. (This may be less of an issue if most new users come to Mendeley after an invitation email from one of their contacts?)
- Search is confusing: in fact, it is rather astonishing, but there is no search functionality on the main web page! Beyond, it is unclear when you search among Mendeley users, when in your own library of papers and when in the Mendeley papers universe.
Maybe you have some additional usability remarks on Mendeley? Would love to feed these back to my students…
BTW, this is an ‘open learning’ course: you can follow what they do on their blogs – linked off the course wiki. (Half of the blogs are in English.) Your comments are very welcome! Or you can follow some of the tweets through the #chikul10 tag.