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CoverLicensing InformationContributing Authors1. Let's Get Writing1.1. The 5 C Guidelines1.2. How to Write Articles Quickly and Expertly2. Critical Thinking2.1. Critical Thinking in the Classroom2.2. Necessary and Sufficient Conditions2.3. Good Logic3. APA for Novices3.1. Hoops and Barriers3.2. Crafts and Puzzles3.3. The Papers Trail3.4. The Fine Art of Sentencing3.5. Hurdles3.6. Small Stressors4. Literature Reviews4.1. Introduction to Literature Reviews4.2. What is a Literature Review?4.3. How to Get Started4.4. Where to Find the Literature4.5. Evaluating Sources4.6. Documenting Sources4.7. Synthesizing Sources4.8. Writing the Literature Review4.9. Concluding Thoughts on Literature ReviewsTechnical TutorialsConstructing an Annotated Bibliography with ZoteroExtracting Resource Metadata from a Citation List with AnyStyle.ioExporting Zotero to a SpreadsheetAppendicesAPA 7 Job AidIndex of Topics

Extracting Resource Metadata from a Citation List with

Keywords: Anystyle

One useful way to collect resources on a topic is to check out the list of citations that previous papers on the topic have used. However, it often takes a lot of time to parse through these lists and import them into your citation management software one-by-one for inclusion in your own work.

To work around this, you can use an online service at [] to convert the citation list to metadata that your citation management software (e.g., Zotero, Mendeley, EndNote) can understand. Simply follow these steps:

1. Copy the Citation List from the Article

Copy the citation list from your article

To copy the citation list from your article, open it as a word processing docuemnt (e.g., MS Word) or PDF, click and drag to select the text, and go to Edit > Copy. Depending on your file format, this might be easiest to do in multiple steps (copying one chunk of citations, moving on to Step 2, and then coming back).

2. Paste the List to []

Paste the list into

In a web browser, navigate to [] and paste your citations into the Parse box by placing your cursor in the box and clicking Edit > Paste.

3. Clean up the Citation List

For best results, you should make sure that each citation is placed on its own line of text and that unnecessary breaks are removed.

4. Parse and Edit

Update labels for mislabeled items

Click "Parse X references", and scan through results. If some words are mislabeled, click on the word (holding down Shift to select multiple words) and click "Assign label" to correct them.

5. Save as BibTex

Save the results as a BibTex file

In the Save area, click BibTex. This will download a BibTex file with your metadata.

6. Import to Zotero, Mendeley, or EndNote

Import the file to your citation management system

In your citation management system, import the file (typically by going to File > Import or dragging and dropping the .bib file onto your open window).

Suggested Citation

Kimmons, R. (2018). Extracting Resource Metadata from a Citation List with In R. Kimmons, Rapid Academic Writing. EdTech Books. Retrieved from

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