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This guide provides on overview of how to use Mendeley to create a personal database of references that can be inserted into documents created with Word.

Mendeley Institutional Edition Now Available!

Mendeley is a reference manager that allows you to create a personal database of references related to your research, and it allows you to insert citation into Word using any one of hundreds of citation styles. If you are collaborating with other researchers, Mendeley allows you to share references.


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There is a free version of Mendeley that anyone can sign up for. However, MSU faculty, staff, and students have access to Mendeley Institutional Edition, which provides more stoarge space for PDFs and more functionality.

Note from Mendeley Support: "As a result of supporting High Sierra, Mendeley Desktop will no longer be able to support OS X Mavericks (OS X 10.9.5 and below). Automatic update notifications for users on OS X 10.9.5 and below will be switched off, users will remain on Desktop 1.17.13 and won't be able to upgrade ... Please note that any bugs or issues encountered on OS X Mavericks won't be fixed."

How to Get Started with Mendeley


This guide is based on the Mendeley guide provided by the UC Berkeley libraries.