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Import citations from a source in a database

Typically the Scrible toolbar will automatically pick up citation information from databases and websites, but there are situations where additional steps are required.

In particular, when downloading a PDF from a database, Scrible might be unable to retrieve citation information automatically. 

But don't worry, if you go back to the database and find the article again, 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)  

After downloading the RIS file from the database, you should be able to "grab" that file and drag it into the Scrible library. 

If you are doing all of this in tabs of the same browser window, the downloads bar should still be showing with that RIS file - drag and drop it into the citation editor and it will update the citation editor with the RIS data. If the downloads bar is not available, scroll to the bottom of the citation editor and click the "Import citation or drag RIS file here" link to open a file picker - chose the RIS file you downloaded and it will load it into the citation editor.

How to download the RIS for some of the major 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 

Choose the "Export to Bibliography Management Software" link at the bottom of the main screen that opens

Choose the "Direct Export in RIS Format" option and click "Save"

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