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Zotero

An introduction to the citation management software Zotero, also a companion to our workshop of the same name.

Saving Citations

The video below provides a broad overview for how to create and save citations in Zotero.  All information in this tutorial also applies to IU Libraries' resources.

Creating References

Selecting from a Single Source

Zotero allows you to save references from most library catalogs (including IU's), databases, and some regular web pages with one click.  If Zotero detects that you're looking at a book or article, you'll see a book or page icon in your brower's address bar.  Click the icon and Zotero will save the citation.

Image points out the icon in web browsers for importing books into Zotero and the corresponding loading screen in Zotero 5.0.

Selecting from Multiple Sources

If you're on a page of search results with many items, you'll see a folder icon instead. Click this to get a list of the items on the page, and check off the ones you want to save.

Image points out the icon in web browsers for importing multiple files in Zotero. The page shows multiple files detected on the page with the appropriate selection checked.

Manually Adding Items in Zotero

Have the book in front of you and want to add it to your Zotero library without having to search for a citation?  If you have a book's ISBN or an online article's DOI or PMID number, click the "Add Item by Identifier" button (appears as a magic wand) within Zotero 5.0.  Type in the book or article's number, and Zotero will automatically download its information and save it to your library

If you do not have an item's DOI or PMID but wish to add the information by hand, this is also possible.  Click the "New Item" button (appears as a green plus sign) and select the appropriate file type.  You can then type in the information.

Attaching Files

To attach files (like PDFs), drag the file into your Zotero pane.  Dropping a file onto a collection or in between library items will copy it into your library as a standalone item.  Dropping the item onto an existing item will attach it to that item.  Alternately, you can also attach a file to a specific item by right-clicking on the item and selecting the "Add Attachment" option.