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Zotero: Tips and Tricks

Zotero helps researchers gather, manage, store, and generate citations and bibliographies. It is a free tool.

Adding items by ISBN, DOI, etc.

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.

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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.

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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.

 

Configuring the library lookup link

You can customize the "Library Lookup" feature in Zotero, so that when you click on a citation, it will automatically search Smith Library's holdings, rather than WorldCat's.  Here's how to do this:

1.  In 'Preferences' under the 'Advanced' tab, click on 'General,' then out beside 'Resolver,' type in this URL: http://sfxhosted.exlibrisgroup.com/smith

2. Close out the window (this will save it), and click on a citation from your Zotero library.
 
3. Now you can click the green arrow button above the citation info column and use the Library Lookup feature to search Smith Library holdings.