Zotero helps researchers gather, manage, store, and generate citations and bibliographies.

Save Resources and Citations

The simplest way to add items to Zotero is to use a Web Browser Connector (install instructions).

When you find a source you would like to save, click on the connector button. You will see a pop-up indicating that Zotero is saving your citation.

Note: depending on your browser, the button may be in a different place.

Zotero Citation - Click the Connecter button in the upper right hand of your browser screen and watch the pop-up appear in the lower right hand corner. 


If you have an item in front of you and you can't find a record for it online, you can create a new citation manually. First, click on the green plus sign icon and choose the type of source you want to create a citation for from the drop-down menu.

Click on green button with plus sign at top of Zotero window, see drop-down list (book, book section, document, journal article, etc.) and select type of citation you wish to create

Next, fill in the fields in the new citation you have just created.

Highlighting and filling in the fields of citations created from scratch

To edit existing citations, just highlight the individual reference you wish to edit, select the field wish to add to edit, and type in your changes.

Select citation in middle pane, click on field to edit it.

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.


Magi Wand icon selected at top of Zotero, Add Item by Identifier is selected for the resulting drop-down list.

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