Every day, more researchers in academia are discovering the value of scholarly blogs in the classroom, offering students a wealth of information and insight from scholars and thought leaders in all disciplines. Because of this, more scholars are starting and contributing to academic blogs, more students are using the primary-source analyses and commentary blogs provide in their research, and more faculty are successfully incorporating them into course projects and assignments to enrich their students’ overall learning experience.

In order to meet the needs of those university researchers using the ACI Scholarly Blog Index to discover blog content in their fields, ACI incorporates a number of workflow tools commonly used by students, faculty, and other researchers in a university setting – and one of these is the citation management tool Zotero. Zotero helps you to save, cite, share, and organize the resources you uncover during your research. The ACI Scholarly Blog Index allows researchers using the Zotero platform to export scholarly blog citations from ACI into their Zotero collections.

There are really two primary ways to import information on scholarly posts from your ACI research into your Zotero collection: importing into your standalone Zotero desktop application, or using the plugin or bookmarklet available for your preferred browser. As the Zotero desktop platform can be set to sync with information added via a browser plugin, most Zotero users use a combination of both of these options during their research. Every individual blog post has its own web page in ACI, and you can use either option to export to Zotero right from this page.

To export a desired blog post into your Zotero desktop application, click on Export in the lower-left corner of the blog post page, beneath the abstract or full-text of the ACI post.


Zotero - EXPORT TO ZOTERO export screen optionThe pop-up will display a number of popular citation options, including EndNote and Mendeley. It will also display various options for exporting the document as a PDF, such as saving to Dropbox or Google Drive, or simply downloading a PDF file of the post information. To export to Zotero, click the Export to Zotero button on the left. This will download the file needed for your Zotero export.

Now, in your Zotero application, click the Settings icon at the top of your screen, and then click on Import. This will allow you to select the file that was just downloaded to your computer from ACI.


Zotero - click on Chrome pluginTo import the blog post into Zotero using your browser’s plugin or bookmarklet, click on the Zotero icon in your browser’s primary web address field at the top. It will usually display as either a Z or a note paper icon in the upper-right corner. Clicking this icon will automatically process the ACI post and incorporate it into your Zotero collection. A notification in the lower-right corner of your screen will display briefly to notify you that the post is being processed and imported into your Zotero account.

Zotero - In ZOT - aci postOnce the ACI blog post has been imported, you’ll see that much of the metadata attached to that post has also been pulled into Zotero. Along with the post title, source, and author information, you can also access the ACI blog post page directly by clicking the ACI link under the Info tab on the right. In addition, your Zotero entry will display either the full-text of the blog post if full-text is available for that publication, or will display the post abstract if full-text is not available within ACI itself (a linkout to the full-text of the post will be available in ACI).

Once your ACI post is in Zotero, you have many options for further customizing your selected article. You can add tags (seen in the lower-left corner of the screenshot above) and notes – just as with ACI Bookmarks and Lists – to give you more control over your curated collection of resources.

Are you a Zotero fan? Let us know which citation and reference management tool(s) you prefer in the comments section below. Whether you’re a Zotero, Mendeley, or other platform user, visit the ACI Scholarly Blog Index today and explore the export options for the scholarly blogs you discover in your ACI research.