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Zotero: Making Research More Efficient

A step-by-step guide on how to install and use basic functions in Zotero

Icons in the Browser Address Window

Add Book Reference to Zotero - Book Icon 

Add Article Reference to Zotero - Article Icon 

Select Multiple References on a Single Page - Folder Icon 

Add Video Reference to Zotero - Video Icon 


Add Web Page Reference to Zotero - Web Page Icon 

Add Items by ISBN, DOI, or PMID

Drag PDF Into Zotero & Right-Click PDF to Add Metadata

Drag a PDF file into the Zotero middle column. You can have Zotero try to retrieve citation data for the item by right-clicking  on the PDF file and choosing Retrieve Metadata for PDF. To automatically rename the PDF, click Rename File from Parent Metadata.

Manually Add Items to Zotero

Importing Other Citation Manager File Types

If you have an EndNote, RefWorks, or other citation manager account, and wish to add those reference into Zotero, click Import from the File menu.