How do I set up Google Scholar to send citations to RefWorks or Zotero?

caution icon If you're off campus, make sure you use the library's version of Google Scholar.  You should see in the URL.

Change your Google Scholar settings

  1. Go to Google Scholar
  2. Click Settings
  3. In the Search Results section (the default section) under "Bibliographic manager", click the radio button next to "Show links to import citations into" and change the drop down menu to RefWorksgoogle scholar settings screenshot
  4. Click Save

Send citations to RefWorks

After you save this setting, you will see an "Import to RefWorks" link until every Google Scholar search result. 

screenshot of google shcolar result with RefWorks import link showing

When you click on that link, you'll be asked to sign in to your RefWorks account.  If you're off campus, you'll need the U of T group code.  Once you sign in, RefWorks will import the item from Google Scholar.

Send citations to Zotero

From the citation you want to send to Zotero, click on the cite icon (quotation marks) found underneath the citation:

Now choose RefMan.  This will save it as a .ris file, which Zotero can use.

Double-click the scholar.ris file saved to your computer's downloads folder  and the reference should now open up in Zotero. 

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