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Zotero

Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use Firefox extension or stand alone system, that helps you collect, manage, cite, and share your research sources

Add references

Using your browser icon:

  • When you find an item you want online, Zotero will recognize it, and an icon will appear in your browser bar. Simply click the icon, and Zotero will import all the bibliographic information into your library.

Importing files from your computer:

  • To include a PDF or any other file from your computer, simply drag it to Zotero. You can drag to an existing item to attach the file or drag between items to store as an independent item.
  • You can also use “Store Copy of File…” under the green plus sign or the “Attach Stored Copy of File” under the paperclip item in the Zotero toolbar (attachment).
  • For PDFs that you have added as independent items, you can try to automatically extract bibliographic data by right-clicking them and selecting Retrieve Metadata for PDF

When adding any files, double check the document details (on the right side of the screen when you select a document) as it can be incorrect. Simply click in the field that is incorrect and make your corrections.

The steps for importing files that have been exported from a database such as PsycInfo or another citation tool (such as EndNote or Mendeley)

  1. Open Zotero by clicking on the Zotero icon.
  2. Click File and select “Import.”
  3. Find the location of your text file and select it. The folder will be imported into Zotero with the same name as the text file.
  4. Repeat these steps for each folder you need to import to Zotero.

Find full text

Find Full Text for citations in your Zotero Library
Configure the "Library Lookup" feature in Zotero's Locate Menu to find the full text of an article via the Penn State "Get It" service. Once this is set up you can select any reference in Zotero, click the locate button (a green arrow) and select Library Lookup. A Penn State "Get It" window will appear listing links to full text via library subscriptions.

  • Under Edit, select Preferences
  • Click the Advanced Tab
  • In the box for OpenURL Resolver enter: http://sk8es4mc2l.search.serialssolutions.com/
  • Click OK