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CHEM 3000: Citation managers

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Citation Managers

(e.g., Zotero, EndNote, etc.)

Store references

Store PDFs

Writing papers


        Nothing is due today.

        Resource presentations start after spring break.

What does a Citation Manager do?

Functions as a database

Create records (e.g., from SciFinder, Google Scholar, etc.)

Store PDFs ... and notes

Formats references in paper

 For example, in the ACS Style used by the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

The Zotero for Angewandte Chemie, Int. Ed. is very similar to ACS Style. We will use in class today for the in-class exercise.

Zotero -- Getting started

To install Zotero on your computer ...

  1. Go to the Zotero Download page.
  2. /sownload the Zotero Connector for Firefox..
  3. Download Zotero 5.0 desktop.
  4. From the Zotero 5.0 desktop, install the plugin for Word.

To transfer records from SciFinder into Zotero ...

  1. Select records in SciFinder.
  2. Export. Ideally, the records go directly into Zotero. If instead, it saves the export as a .ris file, then go to Zotero and import the .ris file (it is probably in the Download folder).
  3. Currently, Zotero puts a copyright statement into the Issues field that reads "Copyright (c) 2019 American Chemical Society (ACS). All Rights Reserved.". If this statement is deleted from the Issue field, then Zotero will no longer display it.

To insert references into a Word document ...

  1. Open Word and click on the ribbon for Zotero.
  2. Use the 1st icon (Zotero Insert Citations) to insert references in the text of your Word document. => Keyword search your references, select the reference you want, and hit Enter to insert the reference. Alternatively, click on the little down arrow to use the Classic View from Zotero.
  3. Use the 3rd icon (Zotero Insert Bibliography) to insert the references section at the end of your Word document. Make sure your cursor is where you want the references to be placed!
  4. Use the 6th icon (Set Zotero Doc Prefs) to select another Style. If the Style you want is not there, go to the Zotero Style Repository and download the style you need. Recommended style is "Angewandte Chemie, Int. Edi." which is close to ACS Style. You can also use the "American Chemical Society" style. Then go back to the Set Zotero Doc Prefs (6th icon) and select the style you wnat to use.
  5. Use the 5th icon (Zotero Refresh) to make the new Style active in the Word document.
  6. You may need to edit the Zotero records for the references. For example, remove the Copyright notice that appears in the Issue field needs to be removed in order for references to display correctly. In addition, for a "true" ACS Style, the DOI field should be empty as well as the title field.

Does everything look right with the references?

  • Make sure the Style does what you need. You may need to download another style from the Zotero Style Repository.
  • Is the information correct? You may need to edit the reference in your Zotero collection ... garbage in / garbage out. As of February 28, 2019, references exported from SciFinder into Zotero contain a copyright statement in the Issue field--this needs to be removed from each Zotero record imported from SciFinder. 

 Want to know more?

Zotero offers lots of helpful tips and advice.