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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 Available for MSU Faculty, Staff, and Students

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.

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How to Get Started with Mendeley

Recorded Mendeley Workshop

This video was recorded in September 2022. Please note that the downloadable version of Mendeley Reference Manager is sometimes unstable. For best results, use the web version, which has most functions found in the downloadable version.