Citation manager saves and organizes your references more efficiently, especially for longer projects. Use a citation manager to automatically create citations or lists of references (bibliographies), insert citations into your paper, share your research, and collaborate in groups.
Zotero is a free and open-source citation manager software to manage bibliographic data and related research materials.
Zotero Set Up
If you are using Zotero for the first time, register for a free account
Once Zotero is open on your computer click on Edit>Preferences>Sync>and sign into your new account on PC
For Mac users click Zotero>Preferences>Sync
Create In-text citations and bibliographies
Open Microsoft Word or Google Doc
Click on the “Zotero” tab
If you do not see the Zotero tab, close all programs (Word, Excel, Google,etc.) Then open Zotero and go to Edit>Preferences>Cite>Word Processors and click “Install Microsoft Word Add-in
Select “Add/Edit” Citation and enter several in-text citations
Then, click Add/Edit Bibliography and a bibliography should populate on your document based on your in-text citations
PubMed to Zotero : Step by Step visual and text instructions on how to get references from PubMed into Zotero
Search in PubMed to get results
If you want to export only some of the displayed citations, select them by checking the box to the left of those citations. If you want to export all the citations on the page, in your clipboard, or from the whole search, you can leave the boxes unchecked.
On the results screen, click on the “Send to” button then select Citation manager.
Choose from the dropdown. If you checked individual citations, use the Selection option. To export all results from a search, use All results.
Click Create a file
The citations will save to your downloads folder. You can then move the file to the folder for your project.
To import them in Zotero, Open Zotero from your computer
Go to File–Import
Select your file which you want to import
You will find your imported folder in Zotero
CINHAL to Zotero : Step by Step visual and text instructions on how to get references from PubMed into Zotero
Start a search in CINAHL database
Select articles you want to save in a folder by clicking on + sign
It will turn into yellow folder icon
Click on Share drop down options and select “Add search to folder”
Click “Folder” tab on the top
It will open “ My Folder” and click “Export”
It will open Export Manager
Go to Save citations to a file formatted for: and select “Direct Export in RIS Format…and click “Save”
It will save file on your computer
Open Zotero–File–Import and click “Next”
Select file from your computer to Import
Click Finish and results will be imported in Zotero