There are a couple different ways for you to access and use Mendeley. The following links will lead you to each where you can decide which works best for you.
Download Mendeley Desktop: this is the actual program that allows you to organize PDFs and sync to your online account. It is compatible with Windows (XP, Vista, or 7), Mac (OS X 10.5+) and Linux.
Mendeley Online: from here you can sign into your account, import citations straight from databases, access your libraries from anywhere, and sync to your Mendeley Desktop.
Web Importer: add this to your bookmark toolbar and you can import citations directly from databases and websites to your Mendeley library. This page also lists the companies that are compatible with the importer.
To create an RIS file from Mendeley, select items from your library or from an individual collection, using the CTRL key to select more than one, then right click to view the drop-down menu. From that menu, select "Export," then choose "RIS" as the Export Format on that drop-down menu. Click OK and then select the location on your computer where the file is to be saved and give it a name.
Use that file to subsequently upload the citations into Sakai:
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Import. The citations from your file will appear in the Citations list.
Note: In some instances, when the citations originate from a Library database, the entire article is made available online in Sakai.
Additional information on loading RIS files into Sakai is available from this Web site:
For assistance using Sakai, please contact the IT Support Center.
Although Mendeley Desktop and Mendeley Web look similiar, there are some feature differences that dictate how you will use each one.
Mendeley Desktop excels at ingesting PDFs and autotmatically creating citation data from the information in the PDF. Mendeley desktop also offers excellent features for managing your PDFs on your computer and searching and viewing them.
Mendeley Web allows you to access your saved research on the go (depending on how much of your data you decide to sync) and collect citations while browsing online databases. Mendeley Web will also ingest PDFs from a very small selection of journals, but this is neither widely supported nor very reliable. Mendeley Web also provides access to "largest crowd-sourced research catalog" via its Papers collection.