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AI Citation Managers

Over the last few years during this current AI boom there have been multiple attempts to marry AI with Citation Managers such as Zotero. The promise of AI powered citation managers is simple: the functionality of Zotero combined with a recommendation or discovery component similar to how popular media sites such as Spotify or YouTube provide recommendations for their users. There are many different services out there with a wide variety of pricing models and features. This guide will show you how to set up an account for ResearchRabbit.ai, a literature mapping tool which has integration with Zotero, to see how AI is influencing these types of services. Lane Library does not have a subscription to any AI Citation Manager Service at this time.

Some Examples:

Petal.org – https://www.petal.org/, subscription

Scite.ai- https://scite.ai/home, subscription

Scholarcy.com – https://www.scholarcy.com, subscription

ResearchRabbit.AI - Getting Started

Create an account

  1. Sign up for a free account here: https://www.researchrabbit.ai/
  2. Verify your email address.

Create a collection

  1. Find through a different source such as Google Scholar or through Lane Library’s databases an article that you want to find similar or related articles to.
  2. Once logged into ResearchRabbit.ai’s website, create a collection and add the paper to it by click the large green “Add Papers” button.
    1. You can add a paper by DOI, Title, Pubmed ID or Keywords

Add to your collection

  1. Once you have found your first paper you can select “Similar Works” and click through related papers
  2. Once you have found a paper that you wish to add to your collection, click the green “Add to: Collection Name” button in the menu to the right of the original paper
  3. You now have two papers in your collection and may continue to add or remove as many as you wish
    1. Papers in your collection already will be green dots, those not in your collection will be blue dots.

Importing and Exporting Citations from ResearchRabbit to Zotero

Connecting Zotero to ResearchRabbit

  1. Click the “Connect Zotero” button on the left hand side of the screen.
  2.  A new window should open, log in with your Zotero account information.
  3. After logging in you should see a window open up, click on the red “Accept Defaults” button
  4. You have now connected your Zotero account to ResearchRabbit

Importing Zotero collections into ResearchRabbit

  1. Click on the red Z+ “Import Zotero Collection” button on the left hand side of the screen near the top of the page.
    1.  If there is an issue or if you have not already signed into your Zotero Account, you will be prompted to do so.
  2. A menu will pop up asking you which collection you wish to import, select which by clicking on it’s blue button which says “Start Sync.” You will then be prompted from a menu at the top of the screen to write in the name of the collection on Research Rabbit. Once it is imported you will see a small Z next to it’s name.
    1. If there are any issues with the DOI of a specific paper, you may be asked to re-enter or confirm which article you are referring to from Zotero via a menu in ResearchRabbit, click on the one which is correct.
  3. If you wish to re-sync the collection, because you have added or removed things from it click on the green button labeled “Resync with Zotero,” this will update your ResearchRabbit collection to reflect the changes made in Zotero.

Exporting ResearchRabbit Into Zotero

  1. To put citations that were created in ResearchRabbit into Zotero click on the green “Sync To Zotero” button found near the bottom of every collection which is not already an imported Zotero Collection.
  2. You will be asked to write a name for the new collection in Zotero, once you write in a name and click “Confirmed” it should appear in your Zotero desktop or web library.
Peter Conlon

Conlon, Peter

Assistant Librarian - Access Services

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