Can I import my Endnote or Mendeley references into Zotero

Yes, you can. However Zotero can't directly import “.enl” EndNote libraries, so the first step is exporting your library from EndNote. 

EndNote to Zotero

To export your EndNote library for use in Zotero:

  • Click "File" and then "Export." Set the output style to "RefMan (RIS) Export" and save it as a text file.

In Zotero,

  • Go to File.
  • Select Import, a dialog box will open: Where do you want to import from?
  • Keep the default option: A file (BibText, RIS, Sotero RDF, etc. and click Next 
  • In the new dialog window, navigate to the location on you computer, where you have exported your EndNote library.
  • Select the file and click Open. 
  • In another dialog box titled Options, you can select to import the library in a new collection and under File Handling you can decide how you want to store the files. Click Next and the EndNote library will be imported into your Zotero library.

Dialog box importing files options

Additional instructions for importing your Endnote and Mendeley libraries to Zotero can be found on the Zotero website.


  • Last Updated Nov 07, 2022
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  • Answered By Nazlin Bhimani

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