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This guide provides in-depth instructions on how to use Zotero, organize sources, and create in-text citations and bibliographies.

Export Zotero RDF file

A Zotero RDF file is a format that allows you to move your Zotero Library, a collection, or specific files, including pdfs, to another computer that has the Zotero Desktop app installed on it. Use this option if you are migrating to a new computer. It will ensure all of your Zotero content get transferred.

  1. In the Zotero desktop app, select My Library or a specific collection from the left panel
    • If you want to export some source records,
      in the middle panel, select all of the sources you want to export
  2. Right click and choose Export Library... or Export Collection... or Export items…
  3. In the Format drop down, choose the format Zotero RDF
  4. Select all of the Translator Options: Export Notes, Export Files, Include Annotations
  5. Leave the Character Encoding option set to the default
  6. Click the OK button
  7. In the Export popup window, choose the folder you want to save the file in and name the file something you will recognize (important if you are exporting multiple collections)
  8. Click the Save button