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To Add a Reference Manually

: this button allows you to manually create new references if you cannot find the reference online.

Add References of PDFs

Save the PDFs you want to add to your library on your computer, then drag and drop them into your Zotero library. Zotero will automatically attempt to retrieve metadata (title, author, journal...) from the PDF. The PDF will also be renamed according to the parent metadata.

Using the Icon in the URL Bar

Zotero uses "translators" to convert the data from library catalogues, databases, or other websites such as Google or Amazon. When you  viewi a website, if a translator is available, a small icon appears in the URL bar. Just click on it, and the reference will be downloaded.

There are different icons, for each type of document: blue for books , white for journal articles ,etc. If there are multiple references on a web page, the folder icon will appear and you can click on it to select the references you want to download. 

There are Zotero translators for:

  • Swisscovery
  • many library catalogues (Harvard, British Library, Library of Congress, United Nations Library in Geneva...)
  • most electronic journals
  • Amazon, the New York Times...

Add a Reference Through the ISBN or DOI

: this button allows you to add references using the ISBN (International Standard Book Number) or the DOI (Digital Object Identifier). All books published recently have an ISBN. The DOI is an identifier for electronic documents such as web pages, or articles published in electronic journals, but most web pages do not have DOIs. However, you can find DOIs in some bibliographic databases.

Using RSS or ATOM Feeds

You can use RSS or ATOM feeds to add the references documents of interest directly to a Zotero library.

Click on the  button, select "New Feed" and enter the URL or the OPML. The reference can then be added directly to a Zotero library, by clicking the "Add to My Library" button or by first selecting a specific collection.

Attaching the Full Text of the Article to the Reference

For some databases, the attachment of the full-text PDF is done automatically.
In other cases, you can attach it manually:
  • save the pdf file on your computer
  • click on the paper clip icon
  • select "Attach stored copy of file", search and select the file on your computer