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Add References with Zotero Connector

  • Install the Connector for the following browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera
  • This adds the Save to Zotero button to your browser's bookmark toolbar
  • Search a database, WorldCat, or UMBrella and select citations to save (or, you can make selections one-by-one after the Connector grabs all the citations on the results page)
  • Add selected citations to a storage place in the database, for example, PubMed's Clipboard
  • Display the selected citations and click the Save to Zotero button and then click "Select all" in the popup box
  • Sync your Zotero library

The example below demonstrates saving two articles from PubMed's Clipboard:

Note that the Zotero Connector will retrieve the PDF for articles when they are available.

Manually Adding Items to Zotero

Add References from PDFs

Create Zotero Citations from PDFs

  • Add files: Import an individual PDF or drag and drop the file into Zotero
  • Right-click on the PDF you just imported, then select "Retrieve Metadata for PDF"

Review Added Citations

  • Citations are created from the information accompanying the online article; they should be reviewed and revised for accuracy and completeness
  • Select an individual citation to review the details
  • The example below shows a citation created from a PDF import that does not have an abstract; you can copy the abstract from the article and insert it

Add References from Browzine


It is possible to transfer information about an article you're reading on the Browzine app to Zotero:

  • From within Browzine, simply click on the box/arrow in the upper corner of the screen, and click to the button under "Bibliographic Management" to share/transfer to Zotero
  • Once in Zotero, the article you added should already be in your library; if not, click the green circular arrow in the upper right corner of the screen to refresh/sync your content
  • Note that any article shared from Browzine also imports the PDF of the article into your Zotero library, and you will be able to read the content from Zotero as well

Add References from Databases

Zotero can import references from database providers such as EBSCO and ProQuest:

  1. Select the reference(s) you want to import
  2. Choose Export (EBSCO) or Save (ProQuest) in the library database
  3. Select the RIS (.ris) or BibTex (.bib) format
  4. Download the .ris or .bib file
  5. Open Zotero and create a folder for the documents you want to import
  6. Highlight your folder and click on "Add Files" icon
  7. Find the location of the exported file and select it

Your references will be imported into the folder you selected.

Note: You can also import references from databases using the Zotero Connector you added to your browser. Click on the icon in the upper right corner of your browser to send references to your Zotero library:

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