Answered By: Caltech Research Librarians
Last Updated: Sep 15, 2017     Views: 20

For Microsoft Word (.docx) documents with Zotero or Mendeley citation fields that were inserted with the Word plugin, you can use “Reference Extractor” found at

If you have the citations saved in an accessible citation manager (EndNote, Mendeley, etc.), you can export them from that program. RIS or BibTeX file formats are compatible with Zotero on import.
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If the references have ISBNs, DOIs, or PubMed IDs, you can also use the 'Add Item by Identifier' function in Zotero. Remember to include spaces between each unique identifier:


Part or all of this answer is adapted from Zotero wiki content distributed under various Creative Commons licenses found at Additional content may have been adapted from the Zotero LibGuide by Jason Puckett and licensed by Georgia State University Library under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial License.