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Zotero

An introduction to Zotero

Creating References Manually

If you can’t find a reference online, you can manually add
 references
 to 
your 
library.

  1. Open
 Zotero.
  2. Select 
the 
New 
Item 
icon (the green circle with the white cross).
  3. 
Choose 
the 
appropriate 
reference 
type (book, journal article, etc).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once you do that, you will be given appropriate fields to fill out. You will need to fill out the minimum information that you need for your citation style.

Getting References From Websites

Sometimes 
you
 may
 want
 to 
add
 a web page as a reference 
to
 your
 Zotero library,  
but
 the
 reference 
icon
 may not appear
 in
 the
 address
 bar.



You can use the Zotero functionality to add any web page. Open 
Zotero
 and
 select 
the Create
 New 
Item
 from
 Current
 Page
 icon.


  • Saving the article (with Snapshot) will save a copy of the web page article as well
  • Zotero 
will 
fill 
in 
as 
much 
information
 as 
it 
can,
 by pulling information from the metadata.
  • 
You 
may
 need 
to
 add
 some
 additional details to make the reference complete, so that it works with your citation style 
  • The snapshot of the web page will be stored with your references. This is handy if it's a newspaper article, which may not be permanently available on the web page, or if the web page disappears in the future.

Importing References

Importing References from Discovery

  • Go to Discovery from the Library website
  • Run a search in Discovery, for example:
     “English Civil War” and treason
    (Note: The first time you run a search you will be asked to login with your username and password)

When you see the list of results in Discovery, select the items that you want to add to your Zotero Library by selecting the blue folder on the right hand side of the results (Note: When you select the blue folder, the folder icon will then turn yellow as per the image below. This indicates that the item has been saved to your folder).

If you wish, you can select the folder you would like your results to go into at this stage.

  • Select the My Folder option at the top of the screen to export the items from Discovery to Zotero
  • Select the check boxes next to the items you would like to export from Discovery to Zotero and select Export
  • You will then see the following Export Manager screen where you need to save the citations to a file formatted for Direct Export in RIS format (For Zotero) and then select Save (Note: You can select to have the items removed from your Discovery folder after saving).

  • Depending on your set up, you may see the Delivery option, select the default Open with ResearchSoft Direct Export Helper as per the following screenshot:

  • This should automatically open Zotero with your references from Discovery exported into your Zotero Library. 

Select OK, and the references will go straight into your Library.

If it doesn’t automatically open Zotero, against the ‘Open with’ option, select the drop down arrow against ‘ResearchSoft Direct Export Helper’ and find the program ‘Zotero’. 

If your items are imported into Zotero standalone, you will need to synchronise with the Zotero server to make sure your new references go into all of your Zotero applications.