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Exporting from EndNote Desktop

Open Endnote Desktop and select the references you want to import into Covidence.

Go to the File menu and select Export.


Enter a name for your file and select XML as a file type. Note that Covidence will only accept XML files if they are created by Endnote. Then select Export Selected References at the bottom.


In the dropdown menu next to Output style, select Show All Fields.

Click Save. Your citations will download.

Exporting from Zotero

To export your citations from Zotero, you need to:

  1. Open Zotero
  2. Click on File then Export Library, like so:


Now select the RIS format. This format is the most compatible with all the other citation managers, so it's best to use this format. Select OK and select where you want to save the file. The Desktop is often the best place to save this file, so that you do not forget where you saved it. Like so:
Saving your Mendeley library in the RIS format

If you have built a collection of notes to accompany the citations in your Zotero library, then you will want to export the Notes as well.


Exporting from PubMed

Run your search exactly as you want it.  Do not select any articles.  Click on the Save button above your list of references. In the Format box, select PubMed. Click Create file.


Your file will download to your computer.  Go into Covidence, to the Review Summary page. Click on Import, then select where you want to import it to in Covidence. If you are just starting your review, you will most likely want to add it to Screening.  Browse for your file and select Import.

This video from Bellack Library walks you through the steps listed above:  Importing PubMed search results into Covidence

Exporting from Embase

NOTE: You need to create an account in Embase and log in in order to export citations.

Once you have completed your search in Embase, select the number of results you want to export.


Select the export button from the menu above the results.  Select the RIS file type and click Export.


You will also need to click Download once the file is ready.  Then you are ready to import your citations into Covidence.

Exporting from OVID MEDLINE

Exporting from EBSCO Databases (CINAHL, PsycINFO, etc.)

In our EBSCO databases, there are two ways to export articles.  If you only have a few hundred results, you may want to use our instructions For Smaller Sets of Results.  If you have several hundred or thousands of results, you will want to use our instructions For Larger Sets of Results at the bottom of this box.

For Smaller Sets of Results

Run your search exactly as you want it.  You will need an RIS file from CINAHL to import into Covidence. Depending on the number of results, you can save articles two ways.  Either way you will first go to the Share menu on the right side of the results column.

If it is a small number of results, you can add them to the folder in bunches.  If you click on Page Options and change the Results per page to 50, you can send 50 at a time to the folder. 

change page options to 50

Once they are in the folder, click “Folder View in the column to the right of the results. On the next screen, choose “Direct Export in RIS Format” in the right column. 


Select Direct export to RIS

Then click Save in the left column.

For Larger Sets of Results

 If you have a large number of results, go to the bottom of the Share menu and select “Email a link to download exported results.” 

  select share email results to selfSelect the RIS format in the right column.  Enter your email, and in a few minutes, you should receive your file from