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 citations into Word using any one of hundreds of citation styles. If you are collaborating with other researchers, Mendeley allows you to share references.
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 storage space for PDFs and more functionality.
As of 5/28/2019, Mendeley has indicated the following compatibility issues that may affect a number of users. For complete information on supported operating systems, web browsers, and word processors, see this page fromMendeley Support.
"At the moment Mendeley Desktop isn't supported in Mac OS 10.14 (Mojave)," and
"[t]he Mendeley Desktop Word plugin is not officially supported with click-to-run versions of Microsoft Word, and we cannot offer support for any issues experienced using these versions."
To access the Institutional Edition of Mendeley, be sure to register with your MSU email address. If you already have a Mendeley account, you can simply change the email address in your account settings.
Once you access Mendeley on the MSU campus network or using the MSU VPN (Virtual Private Network), you should get access to the Institutional Edition.
Use the Mendeley Desktop to build and organize your collection of references and documents, which you can sync with the web and mobile versions. Drag & drop PDF files into the Desktop to instantly create references. Annotate PDFs with highlights and sticky notes as you read them.