Mendeley's Reference Manager, is the Mendeley desktop application. It requires an "add-in" for the Mendeley MS Word citation plugin. If you are using Microsoft 0365 provided through Penn, you will want to find out about your ability to add this "add-in." Some Penn schools and centers are including the Zotero and Mendeley add-ins as part of a default. set up. Your school may allow you to add the citation plugin yourself. However, for most Penn Schools there is a workaround. The Libraries/SAS IT Help Desk can assist you with this process if you have questions:
To use Mendeley Cite, Refworks Citation Manager, and SmartCite on Word for Mac:
The Penn School of Medicine is now allowing the citation add ins. Users with problems should submit a ticket at https://helpdesk.pmacs.upenn.edu/ if you have a PMACS AD account. If you do not have this account, then email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can open a free* Mendeley account and download the Mendeley Reference Manager application. The Mendeley Reference Manager is the newest version of the desktop application. Mendeley Reference Manager is a research tool that assists you throughout your research process, from gathering research to reading and annotating PDFs to organizing citations and creating bibliographies. Mendeley replicates features that are found in other citation management tools (EndNote, RefWorks, Zotero) but has as its strengths: reference manager, PDF organizer, reading platform, and annotation tool.
Mendeley provides a Microsoft Word integration citation tool plug-in. You can save PDFs to your Mendeley Desktop and your Mendeley web library (web and desktop applications sync together) via a browser plug-in, Mendeley Web Importer (the web importer does not work with every database).
Reference Manager is compatible with Mac, Windows, and Linux.
*Mendeley is a "freemium" service, which means the basic account, which provides 2 GB of storage, is free. You can access additional storage for a monthly fee starting at 4.99/month for 5 GB of storage. You can find more information on individual plans on the Mendeley Upgrade page.
"Mendeley Desktop", Mendeley's previous desktop application, is no longer available for download and is no longer supported by Mendeley. If you are using the original application, it should continue to work. But you should consider downloading "Mendeley Reference Manager," so that you can keep your library synced in the new application. You can run both applications simultaneously.
There are several ways to add and edit your pdfs on your Mendeley account, including:
Support from Mendeley is most direct via the twitter feed: @mendeleysupport