Biomedical Science

Citation Managers



: free
Platform: Mac, Windows, Linux; browser plug-in

  • Freely available to all; can take with you if you leave UVA
  • Good option for collecting many types of literature, including web resources
  • Can configure to import PDFs automatically
  • Easily share citations with other users
  • Limited free storage space (300MB)
  • No editing of full-text

Zotero and Lit Searching

How to Use Zotero with Literature Databases

1. Exporting from PubMed

  • See this guide from the UAB Libraries. Note that there are two ways to import references, through the Web Connector or by exporting (see instructions on the left of the UAB guide page). Don't have the Web Connector? See a this guide from Georgia State.

2. Exporting from Ovid MEDLINE or Ovid journals

  • Click Export and under Format, choose RIS
  • Double-click your downloaded RIS file and it should open in Zotero

3. Exporting from CINAHL

  • Add citations to your Folder, and in Folder view, click Export, then choose Direct Export in RIS format (e.g. CITAVI, EasyBib, EndNote, ProCite, Reference Manager, Zotero)
  • Double-click your downloaded RIS file and it should open in Zotero

Using Zotero at UVA

1. While using Zotero off-Grounds, you may want to add this to your settings in order to help you retrieve full text articles:

Click on Edit, Preferences, Advanced. Under OpenURL, see Resolver and enter:

Zotero Help and Guides

Zotero Technical Support

Zotero Introduction

Zotero and Storage

If you're running into storage issues with your Zotero, check out these options:

1. Zotero plug-ins, including Zotfile for PDF management

2. Fee-based storage options from Zotero for Labs

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