Answered By: Ruth Owens
Last Updated: Jun 25, 2020     Views: 44

  1. First, you need to export the files from the other citation manager.

2. Open your Zotero library and click on the Action button found on the top task bar.

  1. Click import
  2. Browse for your file and open.
  3. Zotero doesn’t maintain folder names, the title of the folder will be the same as the file name.
  4. If you have folders within folders (subfolders). You need to export them as individual folders and then move them into the parent folder.

**Most citation managers will not export attachments**

There are two was to have PDF’s in your new library:

  1. The first way is that you can individually save the PDF from your previous citation manager, export the citation, import, and then upload the PDF in Zotero. 
  2. The second is to search for PDF’s after you import the citation information (but this might not always work and you might have to ILL materials).
    • To search after import you open Zotero and select a citation


  • Once you have selected a citation, click the green arrow on the tab bar on the far right.  The options to choose from are View Online, Library Lookup, CrossRef, and Google Scholar. Google Scholar will only show ESF Links if you are on campus. Library Lookup in it's default setting requires you to have an ILL Login, which is different than your NetID.   The Research Guide for Interlibrary Loan can be found here. You may also want to check out the FAQ on customizing the Library Lookup to search Moon Library on and off campus.