Collect Citations

Zotero automatically identifies content, allowing you to add it to your library with a single click. Although citation information will be added correctly in most cases, we recommend that you check for accuracy at the time it is entered. As it says on the Zotero website, "Zotero will accurately import the metadata but the metadata may not be accurate."

How to Check Citations for Accuracy

Although, most of the citation information that Zotero captures will be correct, it is always a good idea to check every item's metadata for accuracy and then to correct and/or add data.

Note that Zotero's output for APA style does not change title casing to sentence style. To change titles that are not in sentence case for APA or other styles with that requirement, right-click on the title > Transform text > Sentence case.

Other fields can be edited by clicking on the field. A blank box will appear for you to type in additional information or edits like the full first name of an author.


Search for a book in HOLLIS.

When viewing a search results screen in HOLLIS, Zotero will display a folder icon in the Address bar. Click the icon, and a small window will open. Select which items you'd like to save, and click OK.

When viewing a book record in HOLLIS, Zotero displays a small book icon in the Firefox address bar. Click the icon to save the book to Zotero.

Journal Articles

Saving articles to Zotero is easy too. Search for articles on a topic like carbon tax policy .

On a search results screen, Zotero will display a folder icon in the Address bar. Click the icon, and a small window will open. Select which items you'd like to save, and click OK.

You can also save an article when viewing its abstract page. When on a page for an individual item Zotero will display an icon of a piece of paper. In both cases, Zotero will automatically download the PDF Full Text if it's available. If you have difficulty opening the pdf, try right clicking on it and selecting Open in External Viewer

Web Pages

Zotero can recognize descriptive information from some websites. When reading an articles on one of these sites, Zotero displays a small newspaper icon in the address bar. Click on it to save the article to Zotero.

Tip: Zotero will only take a snapshot of the page you are viewing. For articles that are multiple pages long, look to see if there is an option to view the article as a single page. Click on that link and then save to Zotero from that new page.

Web Pages without Metadata

Zotero works by recognizing descriptive information called metadata on the page you are viewing. When you encounter a web page that does not provide this information, this will be indicated by the lack of a Zotero icon in the address bar, you will need to add the page manually. To do this open the Zotero Window and click the page icon to create a new item from the current page. Now enter in the appropriate information.

Adding PDFs into Zotero

Zotero can automatically detect metadata for PDFs on your computer. Drag a PDF into Zotero to add it to your library.

Retrieve Metadata

Right click on the file in Zotero and click Retrieve Metadata for PDF. Zotero will search Google Scholar for the article and update the metadata for the item.

If retrieving metadata does not work, you will have to manually add the information to the item. Right click and choose Create Parent Item from Selected Item

Creating a parent item

Now, you can fill in the information for the item manually. Make sure you change the item type to the correct entry, since this controls how the citation is formatted.

Editing a parent item

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