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Zotero: Collect References

Information on using Firefox's citation-management add-on, Zotero.

Edit References

To edit information about items in your library:

  1. Click on the citation you would like to change in the Middle Panel.
  2. In the Right Panel, click on the field that you would like to change and type in the new information.
  3. To change the field type, for example, from author to editor, click on the field for a dropdown list.

Importing References

Zotero will read formats created for other programs, such as Endnote. Importing them is easy:

  1. Click the gear menu
  2. Choose Import
  3. Find your reference file to import it

This option works for the following bibliographic file formats:

  • Zotero RDF
  • MODS (Metadata Object Description Schema)
  • BibTeX
  • RIS
  • Refer/BibIX
  • Unqualified Dublin Core RDF

Help on importing from EndNote is available here.

Adding items by ISBN


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 or an online article's DOI or PMID number, just:

  1. Click the magic wand button: "Add item by identifier."
  2. Type in the book or article's number.
  3. Zotero will automatically download its information and save it to your library.

Collecting References: Books and Articles

Zotero provides the ability to save references from most library catalogs (including Muskingum's and OhioLINK) and databases, and even some regular web pages, with one click.

If Zotero detects that you're looking at a book or article on a catalog, database, or a site like, LibraryThing or the New York Times, you'll see a book or page icon appear in the address bar of your browser. Just click the icon and Zotero will automatically save the citation.



If you're on a page of search results with many items, you'll see a folder icon instead. Click this to get a list of all the items on the page, and check off the ones you want to save.


Collecting References: Other Web Sites

Zotero can't automatically capture citation info from some web pages  (Zoteropublishes a list of compatible sites, and many sites not on this list also work.),but you can still add them to your Zotero library.

Click the Zotero button at the bottom of your browser to access Zotero's controls. Click the page button (to the right of the green plus sign) to save a link to the page. This will save a new "web page" item to your library. You can add information about the author, etc., if you wish.


This will also attach a snapshot of the page to the citation. Taking a snapshot saves a copy of the page to your computer. It includes the page's text and images, so if the page is removed later, or if you're offline, you'll still be able to view your copy.

In Chrome or Safari, rightclick and choose 'Save Zotero Snapshot from Webpage'.

Creating Citations Manually

To add a citation manually to your Zotero library:
  1. Go to the Middle Panel and click on the New Item icon (Add new item icon) menu.
  2. A pulldown menu will appear. Select the type of source you would like to cite. For more citations types, click on More and a full list of options will appear.
  3. In the Right Panel you will see fields specific to the type of source you selected. Click on the fields to fill them in with the information for your item.