Answered By: Caltech Research Librarians
Last Updated: Oct 18, 2018     Views: 3

If the references in your bibliography have International Standard Book Numbers (ISBNs), Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs), or PubMed IDs, you can add the citations to Zotero using the magic wand icon:

Click on the icon, copy and paste individual identifiers separated by spaces and hit enter on your keyboard. Zotero should begin to add the references.

If the references in your bibliography do not have identifiers, you can use a tool called AnyStyle. To use this tool: 

1. Go to

2. Copy the citations from your plain text file and paste them into the field labeled "Paste your references here…"



3. Make sure to remove line breaks within individual citations (if there are any).



4. Click on "Parse [#] References."

5. The parser will split each citation according to author, title, journal, issue, page numbers, etc.



6. If any part of the information has not been parsed correctly, you can click on the part and select "Assign label."


7. From here you will be able to select the appropriate label. For example, if part of a journal title is listed as a volume or issue, choose "Journal" from the "Assign label" option and that part of the journal title will shift to the "Journal" field.



8. Once you are satisfied that the parser has parsed your citations correctly, scroll down to save your references by clicking on BibTeX.

  • NOTE: Zotero does not (currently) support CiteProc/JSON and XML file imports.



9. You should be prompted to save the file to your computer. 



10. Once you’ve saved the file, open Zotero and go to File > Import, select your file, and Zotero will create a new collection (based on the filename) and begin importing your references.


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