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Uploading readings from a reference manager

Important: Please only use this method if you are confident with reference management software, you have your list organised in a folder, and your metadata is immaculate. If you accidentally upload your entire library, we have to get the vendor to remove the records and it creates a lot of extra work. If your readings have an incorrect reference type (eg/ it's a book chapter and your reference classifies it as a journal article), library staff have to delete it, and re-enter the information.

Still want to go ahead? This method can save you some time if you need to enter a lot of readings. 

How to upload readings from a reference manager to Readings Online

  • Check all citations for accuracy
  • Add any missing info and fix errors
  • If you include a URL, make sure you’ve used the Open Athens link generator
  • Remove any PDFs from your citations
  • Double check everything



  • Follow the export instructions for your reference manager
  • In Zotero, you can right click on the folder you wish to export, and select RIS as the format. This will download your folder as a .RIS file
  • Ensure that you are exporting a folder rather than your whole library

  • Open the relevant Readings Online module in the LMS, then click on the ‘add reading’ icon
  • Select ‘readings from file’
  • Navigate to where you saved the .RIS file and select it
  • Follow the steps to assign the readings as required or recommended
  • Add any notes for the library
  • Click submit
  • Refresh the page, and your readings will appear in the ‘ungrouped’ folder