01. Adding papers to a private group

Making your materials available to other members of your private group.

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Adding references to a private group is just as easy as adding them to public groups. See the page on adding references to a group in our guide to groups.

When sharing materials with public groups, other members will only have access to the reference details of a paper - allowing them to cite the material, but not read the original source.

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With private groups, if you add a reference from your library which also contains the original document or paper, other members of the private group will also be able to download and read that material.

Once a paper has been added to the private group, other users viewing the Documents tab will see an icon prompting them to download the file. They can then open this document using the Mendeley PDF viewer and read it in its entirety. 

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