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Import Items to Zotero from an Exported RefWorks File

Import Items to Zotero from an Exported RefWorks File

1. Open Zotero. From the File menu in the upper left-hand corner, select Import. 

2. A window asking "Where do you want to import from?" will pop up. Select A file and click Next.

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3. Select a file you exported from RefWorks and click Open

4. A dialog box with the option "Place imported collections and items into a new collection" will appear. You have two choices:

  • Select this option if you would like Zotero to place your citations into a new, automatically created folder. (Folders are called "collections" in Zotero.)
  • Do NOT select this option if you would prefer the citations to be imported into the "Unfiled Items" area of your Zotero library.


5. Once you have made your selection, click Next

6. After the import is complete, click Finish.

7.  Your references are now imported into Zotero.

  • If you opted to have Zotero create a new collection (folder) for your citations, you may rename it if you wish by right-clicking on the collection in the left sidebar and selecting Rename Collection. The default name of the collection is the same as the name of the file you imported.

Add Other Items to Zotero

For many databases and websites, Zotero senses when a list of books or articles is displayed by showing an icon in the address bar. This citation information can be saved with just a few clicks.

  • Click on the yellow folder or book icon in your browser's location bar to download citation information into your Zotero library. (Note: You will need to add the Zotero browser connector to see this icon.)

  • Choose item(s) to add to Zotero and click OK. It will automatically be added into your Zotero Library.

Adding PDFs

To include a PDF or any other file from your computer in Zotero, simply drag it to Zotero — you can drag to an existing item to attach the file or drag between items to store as an independent item. Zotero will automatically retrieve bibliographic metadata for the PDFs.