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Save and Export Citations from Google Scholar

Bulk Exporting

It is possible to bulk export Google Scholar citations.  You must have a Google Scholar account to do this (same login as Google Docs, Gmail, etc.).  First, log in (look for "Sign In" in the upper right).  Once you are signed in you will see "My Library" in the upper right.  We will use My Library to do the exporting.

Next, run your search string so that the search results represent the citations you wish to import.  We recommend you change the Settings (the icon with the three bars) so that 20 results are returned on a page rather than the default setting of 10.

For each citation, you must click the star under the citation, then click "Done" when it asks you if you want to put it in a Reading List (there is no way to turn this off). This puts the citation into your Library.  Click the stars of the articles you want, then move on to the next page and click the star of each citation that you want to keep. Continue onto additional pages. Click the stars until all desired citations are in your Library.

These items will remain in your library until you chose to delete them. This means you can close Google Scholar and access it a few days later and your library will still be populated with your chosen citations. 

Once all citations are in your library, click on "My Library" in the upper right area of your screen.  Choose "Export All"  then change the format to RefMan.  

A file will be created and will be accessible from your Downloads folder. You have now created a properly formatted file that is ready to be imported into Covidence, RefWorks, EndNote or any other citation manager.

When you are finished with this project and need to use the Library for another project, you must first clear out the citations from the library. This is done by clicking "Delete" under each citation, individually. 


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