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Citation Management Software: Adding New References

A guide to the commonly used citation - or reference - management software available to the U-Idaho community.

Adding New References

Add Zotero Connector

This browser extension allows you to capture online references and save them directly to your Zotero library.

  • Navigate to www.zotero.org/download/ and the Zotero Connector section
  • Click Install Connector or select a different browser (Firefox, Safari, Edge)

Pin Zotero Connector

  • Chrome
    • Click the Extension icon
    • Click the Pin icon
  • Firefox
    • Right click the Toolbar
    • Click Customize
    • Drag and drop the extension back to the toolbar

Add References using the Zotero Connector

  • Open the Zotero desktop app
  • Navigate to an article, webpage, etc. you'd like to save
  • Click the Save to Zotero button
  • The Zotero Connector will automatically add the reference to your Zotero library

If you would like to undertake large-scale imports from library databases, please visit Zotero's documentation page for more information.

Import References from an Existing Reference Manager

Please visit Zotero's documentation page for instructions on how to import references from various existing reference managers, including Mendeley and Endnote.

Add Item by Identifier

  • Open the Zotero desktop app
  • Click the Add Item by Identifier button
  • Type in the identifier for the item you want to add (DOI, ISBN, etc.)
  • Hit Enter on your keyboard to add this item to your Zotero library
Zotero Add Item by Identifier

 

Add Multiple Items by Identifier

  • Open the Zotero desktop app
  • Click the Add Item by Identifier button
    • Option 1
      • Copy and paste a list of identifiers, with each identifier on a single line
    • Option 2:
      • Type the first identifier and hit Shift+Enter on your keyboard
      • Type the next identifier; continue to use Shift+Enter to add more identifiers
  • Click Search to add these items to your Zotero library
Zotero Add Item by Identifier

Import PDFs and Other Files

  • Open the Zotero desktop app
  • Find the PDF or other file on your computer
  • Drag and drop the PDF or other file directly into the Zotero desktop app window
  • Zotero will try to retrieve information about the PDF to create a reference entry
    • If Zotero cannot retrieve this information about a PDF or another file:
      • Right click the file name in the Zotero desktop app window
      • Click Create Parent Item
      • Enter the item's identifier (DOI, ISBN, etc.) to try to automatically add this information or select Manual Entry to add the item's information yourself
Zotero Create Parent Item

 

Please visit Zotero's documentation page for more information.

Add References Manually

  • Open the Zotero desktop app
  • Click New Item
  • Choose the item type from the initial list or click More to see other options
Zotero Add Item Manually

 

  • Fill in the appropriate bibliographic fields
  • Zotero will automatically save the reference as you add more information
Zotero Add Item Manually