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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.
To get the most out of Zotero, we have a few recommendations for how to set up 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."
Click the green round arrow key to prompt Zotero to sync your libraries for the first time. After this, your libraries should sync automatically.
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
After you drag a PDF into Zotero, right click on the file and select "Retrieve Metadata for PDF."
View Zotero's support page to learn more about adding items to your Zotero Library.
Add references by copying and pasting and ISBN, DOI, PMID or other unique identifier.
You can also import RIS, BibTeX or other citation files, or use Zotero Connector.
More information can be found here.
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.
Retrieve the full text PDFs of articles in your Zotero Library using the Find Available PDF feature. To use the feature, highlight the article(s) that you want to get the PDFs for, right click on the highlighted list and select "Find Available PDFs."
Zotero will search for open-access PDFs using data from Unpaywall and attaches the PDF to your item. Note that item in Zotero needs to have a DOI or URL associated with reference in order for this work. Learn more.
If the PDF cannot be retrieved through this lookup, use the instructions above to access articles through MCW Libraries journal subscriptions.