Instructions on how to download, install, and use Zotero, a free open source bibliographic management program

Zotero & EndNote: Citations Only

It's easy to use EndNote and Zotero together and take advantage of the best features of each, move your EndNote citations to Zotero, or to share Zotero libraries with colleagues using EndNote or vice versa. Both programs can read and write a standard citation file format called RIS, which means references can be converted back and forth with a few clicks.

EndNote to Zotero

To export your EndNote library for use in Zotero, click "Edit" at the top of the EndNote window, click Output Styles,Open Style Manager and check BibTeX Export. Close that Box. Make sure that BibTeX Export is the only style selected.

Then click "File" and then "Export." Save as type XML. Output style should say BibTeX Export.

In Zotero, click the button that looks like a gear and choose "Import." Just double-click the file you exported from EndNote. The new references will be added to a collection named "Imported" followed by the date and time.

importing to zotero from endnote

Zotero to  EndNote

To save your Zotero library for importing into EndNote, click the Zotero button that looks like a gear and choose "Export Library." Choose RIS as the file type and pick a filename.

In EndNote, click "File" and then "Import." Click the "Choose File" button and select the file you just exported from Zotero. Set Import Option to "Reference Manager (RIS)" and click Import.