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Papers and MSU databases: Getting Started

What is Papers?

Papers (now version Papers3) is a competitor with reference managers Endnote, Zotero, Mendeley, and RefWorks and has features of all of those for managing a library of citations, pdfs, searching for and sharing scholarly articles, and adding citations to manuscripts.  For a review see PLoS Blogs:  Papers2:  The Reference Manager Made with Love

Important points about Papers:

  • A license for Papers for Mac or Windows can be purchased and downloaded from the web site or Papers for iOS can be purchased from iTunes.  
  • For help, contact the Papers help center
  • You may find that you can only access databases like Web of Science or Scopus through Papers when you are on the MSU campus and using MSU campus IP ranges.  PubMed, as a free database, can be used anywhere. 
  • If you need the MSU proxy server string, it is:

Papers and Web of Science

Access has been enabled for MSU's Web of Science subscription to work with Papers. 

(Note:  A glitch caused problems with Web of Science access through Papers2, but Papers 2.5.5 update for Mac restored the functionality.) 

Documentation for how to use and access this service is available at:

User Name:      wsl

Password:        serv!ce1


Papers and Scopus

Access has been enabled for MSU's Scopus subscription to work with Papers2. 

See instructions on enabling access to Scopus from Papers

MSU Scopus Account ID: 51676



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