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Zotero: From an Article Database

A guide to using the citation management tool Zotero.

For MOST Databases (Address Bar "Capture" Icons)

In most sources, Zotero automatically detects when you are looking at information for a book, article, or other source in Firefox and inserts a "save reference" icon right into the address bar. The address bar icon will be a book, document, newspaper, etc. To save, simply click the icon. If you are looking at a list of references, you may see a folder icon. This icon will prompt you to select multiple items from the list to save.

Saving Multiple Items at Once

In EBSCO Hosted Databases


Export from a Database to Zotero

If Zotero does not automatically detect (provide a "capture icon" for a list, book, or article) to  import a reference into your library you can use the export  feature provided by the database.

  • SAVE the items in the database (using the "clipboard," the "marked list," "folder," whatever the database shopping cart is called. )
  • Next, look for an option to EXPORT from the list. Choose the "RIS" format. References may automatically save into Zotero, or you may have to go back into Zotero, then click the Zotero gear button and choose "import".

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