Part of performing quality research is conducting a thorough and diligent literature review, for which having a tool to store, annotate, and share citations is very helpful. Though there are several applications out there (including BibDesk, Papers.app, RefWorks), our group primarily uses Mendeley for reference management, since (1) it's free, (2) can update references offline with the Desktop tool, and (3) can sync/backup and share references online.
"Groups" are a way to share common references within Mendeley. You'll create a reference collection that you can share with me. If you're working in the Mendeley Desktop application, you can also create sub-directories within these shared groups to help organize your references.
firstname.lastname@example.org(or look for "Timothy Chung") to the list of members!
proposal: contains references used in your final proposal draft
thesis: contains references used in your final thesis draft
If there are references that are useful to the larger research group, it would make sense to share these references. We can use the Mendeley group called "NPS Advanced Robotic Systems Engineering Laboratory" (NPS ARSENL) to help share these references. Note that this reference group is more for sharing common references, rather than ones that are very specific to your individual thesis (which is what your the group you created above is for).
Once you've created your thesis group above and added me as a user, I will know to add you to the "NPS ARSENL" group. You should be able to see and add references that are of common importance or use. If you want to include any references in your thesis reference list, you should copy (i.e., click and drag) the common reference into your thesis reference group.
BibTeX-friendly bibliography files
You'll need to use the Mendeley Desktop application to export your selected references to BibTeX format.