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A guide to using Zotero, a free tool for collecting information about your research sources and creating citations.

Add Existing Citations Using the Parser

If you have a list of formatted citations, in a published article, or you own manuscript, you can use the parser to create citation files that you can add to Zotero.

Note: It is very likely that the data you get from the parser will need to be cleaned up if you intend to use the data to create new citations.

If you are working with a small number of citations that have doi numbers or ISBNs, it may be easier to use the Add by Identifier tool to add your citations to Zotero

Depending on your device settings, you may need to go to to import your citations into Zotero instead of just opening the .bib file from your Downloads. Follow the steps described in the page on importing from other citation managers

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Copy formatted citations from a document and paste them into the parser. The parser will create a BibTex file you can import into Zotero

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Copy the text of citations from an existing documents.
  2. Paste the citations into the website where it says Paste your references here.
  3. Click the button below the box where you pasted your references. It should say something like Parse # references.
  4. If there is any text that the parser does not recognize, click on the text and then Assign label. This will let you choose the type of data to link to this text.
  5. After you've made any changes, scroll under Save and click on BibTeX. This should start a download of the .bib file.
  6. Open the .bib file click OK when Zotero asks if you want to import the file.
  7. If opening the file from your downloads folder does not work, you can go to Zotero and use File > Import to tell Zotero where to find the .bib file.
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