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An introduction to Zotero

Importing References

Importing References from Discovery

  • Go to Discovery from the Law Library website
  • Run a search in Discovery for:
     “English Civil War” and treason
    (NOTE: The first time you run a search you will be asked to login with your username and password)

When you see the list of results in Discovery, select the items that you want to add to your Zotero Library by selecting the blue folder on the right hand side of the result (NOTE: When you select the blue folder, the folder icon will then turn yellow as per the image below. This indicates that the item has been saved to your folder).

If you wish, you can select the folder you would like your results to go into at this stage.

  • Select the My Folder option at the top of the screen to export the items from Discovery to Zotero
  • Select the check boxes next to the items you would like to export from Discovery to Zotero and select Export
  • You will then see the following Export Manager screen where you need to save the citations to a file formatted for Direct Export in RIS format (For Zotero) and then select Save (NOTE: You can select to have the items removed from your Discovery folder after saving).

  • Depending on your set up, you may see the Delivery option, select the default Open with ResearchSoft Direct Export Helper as per the following screenshot:

  • This should automatically open Zotero with your references from Discovery exported into your Zotero. 

Select OK, and the references will go straight into your account.

If it doesn’t automatically open Zotero, against the ‘Open with’ option, select the drop down arrow against ‘Research Soft Direct Export Helper’ and find the program ‘Zotero’. 

If your items are imported into Zotero standalone, you will need to synchronise with the Zotero server to make sure your new records go into all of your Zotero applications.