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How do I import citations from a source in a database?

Welcome to Scrible's knowledge base! If you're looking to import citations from a source in a database, you've come to the right place. We have all the necessary information to accomplish this task. However, if you need more assistance or have additional questions, we're here to help.

Understanding Importing Citations from a Source in a Database

Importing citations from a source in a database can be a helpful feature when conducting research or writing academic papers. It allows you to easily include relevant information from a specific database source in your work.

Typically the Scrible extension will automatically pick up citation information from databases and websites, but there are situations when additional steps are required. In particular, Scrible might not retrieve citation information automatically when downloading a PDF from a database. But don't worry. If you return to the database and find the article again. 

Follow these simple steps to import citations from a source in a database:

  1. First, open your desired document or project in Scrible, where you want to import the citations.
  2. Navigate to the database where the source you want to import from is located.
  3. Locate the specific source you want to import and select it.
  4. Check if the database offers an "Export" or "Save" option for the citation.
  5. Most databases offer a citation export feature that allows you to download the citation in RIS format (sometimes labeled as EndNote or Citavi). Typically you're looking for a "cite" button or link. (see below for some images of common cite buttons)
  6. After downloading the RIS file from the database, you should be able to "grab" that file and drag it into the Scrible library. NOTE: If the downloads bar is unavailable, scroll to the bottom of the citation editor in the Sidebar and click the "Import citation or drag RIS file here" link.
  7. Open a file picker and choose the RIS file you downloaded. It will load automatically into the citation editor.
  8. Review the imported citations and make any necessary adjustments or formatting changes as needed.


Examples of Popular Databases



  • Click on the "Cite" button in the header bar

  • Click on "Download RIS" in the dialog box that opens.

  • Choose the "Cite" option from the tools sidebar. 
  • Click the Export to Bibliography Management Software link at the bottom of the screen that opens.

  • Choose the Direct Export in RIS Format option and click Save.

Getting Additional Help

If you encounter any difficulties while importing citations from a source in a database or have any further questions, our support team is available to assist you. Please get in touch with us through the contact form on our website or by emailing We'll get back to you with the help you need as soon as possible.


Importing citations from a source in a database is a simple process that can enhance your research and writing experience. Remember, if you require more assistance or have any questions, our support team is here to help. Don't hesitate to contact us for further guidance.

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