How do I import a bibliography into Zotero from a plain text file?
You can use a tool called AnyStyle.
- Go to AnyStyle.
- Copy the citations from your plain text file and paste them into the field labeled "Paste your references here…"
- Make sure to remove line breaks within individual citations (if there are any).
- Click on "Parse [#] References."
- The parser will split each citation according to author, title, journal, issue, page numbers, etc.
- If any part of the information has not been parsed correctly, you can click on the part and select "Assign label."
- 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.
- Once you are satisfied that the parser has parsed your citations correctly, scroll down to save your references by clicking on BibTeX or CiteProc/JSON. Currently, Zotero does not support XML file imports.
- You should be prompted to save the file to your computer.
- 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.
- When you import the file, always check that the volume and number fields are entered correctly.
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