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

Locate Items in OhioLINK

Locate items in your Zotero library in OhioLINK by clicking the green arrow in the right column and choosing 'Library Lookup'.

The default will search WorldCat, but you can adjust that in the 'Advanced' tab in 'Preferences'. Insert the OhioLINK link resolver in the OpenURL resolver box.

Indexing PDFs

It's easy to add PDFs to your Zotero library and automatically import their citation info.

  1. Enable PDF indexing on the Search tab of Zotero's preferences.  Zotero will download and install a small plugin.
  2. Drag your PDF files into the Zotero pane.
  3. Right-click the PDF 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.

Zotero Timelines

Timelines offer a way for you to visualize your items in your collection. Read more about Zotero timelines.

Or, view the Zotero timelines screencast tutorial.

Zotero timelines

Change the Location of Your Library

By default, your Zotero library is stored in Firefox on your computer. You can change the location of the library to a portable drive or elsewhere.

  1. Quit Firefox, copy your Zotero library, and paste it in the new location. The Zotero folder is in your Firefox profile directory – see the Zotero FAQ to find the exact location.
  2. Click on the Actions icon menu   () and select Preferences.
  3. Click on the Advanced tab.
  4. Click on the Custom radio button under Storage Location.
  5. A Select Zotero Data Directory window will appear. Once you select a directory for your library, Zotero will restart Firefox. All of your Zotero data will now be saved in the new directory.