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Zotero Guide

UTA Libraries' guide to the citation management tool Zotero

Adding citations from the library catalog (Summon) via RIS

1. In your browser, navigate to the page on the library catalog (Summon) with citation information you wish to add to your Zotero citation library.

2. Under the "Send to" options, click the "Export RIS" button.

3. Select your preferred encoding from the drop-down menu and click the green "Download" button. I would recommend UTF-8, which is a Unicode standard.

4. Save the downloaded RIS file to your computer. I would recommend saving it in "My Downloads" or a similar folder.

5. Open your Zotero desktop client.

6. Click on the "File" drop-down menu, and then click on "Import."

7. When prompted with a pop-up that asks, "Where do you want to import from?," select the default (only) option, "A file (BibTeX, RIS, Zotero RDF, etc.)."

8. Select the RIS file you downloaded from your desktop.

9. You will be given the option to either copy the files to Zotero or link to them. Select the default "Copy files to the Zotero storage folder."

10. The citation imported from the library catalog (Summon) will be added to a new collection (folder) titled "Primo RIS Export" by default. You can click and drag it to an existing or new collection (folder).


A previous version of this LibGuide was developed, with permission, from the Michigan State University Zotero LibGuide and the "Migrating Citations from RefWorks to Zotero" page of the University of Minnesota RefWorks Transition website.