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A guide to using Zotero to assist with citations and bibliographic mangement.

Other browsers

If you're using Internet Explorer or a mobile browser, you can still save items to your Zotero library. A free Zotero account is required.

The Zotero Bookmarklet works with all desktop browsers and most mobile browsers (including Safari for iPad and the Android browser).

Visit the Zotero Bookmarklet page for installation instructions for your particular browser or device. You won't have to install any software -- just the bookmarklet!

Check SFX for Full Text and Zotero


You've probably seen the Find! Check SFX for Full Text button in article databases that allows you to locate the full text of an article online. Zotero allows you to use the same feature.

To set up Zotero to access Check SFX for Full Text click Edit on the Zotero toolbar and choose Preferences.

Select Edit and then Preferences

Select the Advanced tab. At the bottom of the preferences window, paste this url into the "Resolver" box:

Select Advanced and enter Resolver URL.

Then click OK. Once you've set this up, you can select Locate and select Library Lookup on any citation you're viewing to search for the item online.

Select Library Lookup

When the item is available, SFX will display databases in the Jessie C. Eury Library which have the article in full text or a link to the book record in the I-Share catalog. 

Adding items by ISBN

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, an online article's DOI or PMID number, just click the magic wand button: "Add item by identifier." Type in the book or article's number, and Zotero will automatically download its information and save it to your library.

Indexing PDFs

It's easy to add PDFs to your Zotero library and automatically import their citation info.

First, enable PDF indexing on the Search tab of Zotero's preferences.  Zotero will download and install a small plugin.

Next, just drag your PDF files into the Zotero pane.

Right-click the PDFs and choose "Retrieve Metadata for PDFs."  Zotero will retrieve their citation data from Google Scholar and turn them into citeable items with PDF attachments.

If Zotero can't find a match on Google Scholar, don't worry -- you can still save the citation from another catalog or article database, then drag the PDF onto the citation to make it an attachment.