Answered By: Sarah Over
Last Updated: Sep 23, 2020     Views: 16

When dealing with large numbers of reference records, there can be issues with importing the file into Zotero.  To resolve this issue, try implementing any or all of the following:

  1. Adjust Zotero preferences prior to import:
  • Uncheck the boxes to stop synching the references with the cloud
  • Do not allow to import PDFs
  1. Split up the large record file (.ris) into multiple smaller files with less than 1,000 records in each (or smaller).
  2. Download the records from the database in .bib (BibTeX) instead of .ris as it contains less data fields for each record (only do this if you do not need the extra fields found in .ris files).

If you are still having problems, reach out to your subject specialist.

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