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Zotero: Overview

Learn more about Zotero, an open source citation manager.

What is Zotero?

Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.

Zotero collects all your research in a single, searchable interface. You can add PDFs, images, audio and video files, snapshots of web pages, and really anything else. Zotero automatically indexes the full-text content of your library, enabling you to find exactly what you're looking for with just a few keystrokes.

Zotero Documentation

Download Zotero

If you are downloading Zotero to a personal computer, you can download Zotero for Mac, Windows and Linux from Zotero.org.


If you are downloading Zotero to an MCW computer, use this file: 


MCW's Symantec Endpoint Protection may not allow the most recent version of Zotero to be downloaded, so we recommend that you use this approved version of Zotero while on the MCW network.

Zotero Connector

Easily save items from the Web into Zotero with a single click.

Download Zotero Connector for Firefox, Chrome and Safari.

User Education & Reference Librarian

Setting up your account

To get the most out of Zotero, we have a few recommendations for how to set up your account.


Sync your account

Sync your accounts to ensure that you have access to your most updated Zotero libraries no matter which computer you are using. 

Go to Edit > Preferences > Sync

Sign into your account and click "Set up syncing."

Zotero preferences    Zotero sync

 

Click the green round arrow key to prompt Zotero to sync your libraries for the first time. After this, your libraries should sync automatically.

Zotero Sync


Access articles through MCW Libraries journal subscriptions

Go to Edit > Preferences > Advanced

Copy & paste the following into the "Resolver" field, under "OpenURL": http://mcw.on.worldcat.org/atoztitles/link

Click OK. 

Zotero OpenURL


When you start to populate your Zotero library, you can link to articles using Library Lookup.

To link to MCW Libraries' journal subscriptions, highlight the reference and click "Library Lookup." You will either connect to the full text of the article, or you can order the article through Library on Request

Zotero Library Lookup


Index PDFs

Drag & drop PDFs into Zotero and use the PDF Indexing Installer to find the metadata, i.e. author, title, and publication information.

Go to Edit > Preferences > Search > Check for Installer

Zotero PDF Indexer

After you drag a PDF into Zotero, right click on the file and select "Retrieve Metadata for PDF."

Zotero PEF Metadata


Using Zotero

View Zotero's support page to learn more about adding items to your Zotero Library


Add items into your Zotero Library using a unique identifier

Add references by copying and pasting and ISBN, DOI, PMID or other unique identifier.

Zotero Unique Identifier

You can also import RIS, BibTeX or other citation files, or use Zotero Connector. 

More information can be found here


Add items to your Zotero Library using Zotero Connector 

Use Zotero Connector in Chrome, Firefox and Safari to quickly add references from websites. Right-click on a webpage and select "Save to Zotero." Depending on the type of reference you want to add, you will see different options for saving. 

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