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Google Scholar (or some other site) just locked me out, what happened?
Particularly zealous Zotero users will occasionally push the limits of what Google Scholar, or any other Zotero compatible databases, wants an individual to access in a given period of time. This tends to happen if one tries to import 50-100 items from Google Scholar either all at once or in rapid succession.
But this happened to me when I was using Zotero's retrieve PDF metadata function?
Zotero's retrieve PDF metadata function also uses Google Scholar, so if you want to auto detect metadata for several dozen PDFs try to space it out a little bit.
How do I get un-locked out?
In general, getting locked out only lasts a few hours.
This may be happening to you if Google tells says:
“Query limit reached”
“We're sorry but your computer or network may be sending automated queries. To protect our users, we can't process your request right now.”