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Research Guides

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

Collecting Citations:

  • With Zotero installed, you will see an icon at the end of the address box in your web browser any time you are on a webpage with records that can be saved as references.  These include library catalogs, articles databases, Google Scholar, and more.
  • Click on the icon to import the item into your library. There will be a piece of paper for an article, a book icon for a book, etc. For lists of search results, a folder will appear and you can import any or all items on that page. Note: the folder/list import method does not always work. For some databases, entries are inexplicably left out.
           An article icon may look like this:


           A folder icon may look like this:


  • If Zotero does not recognize an item, open Zotero, then click on the light blue paper icon. The information about the item will not be imported, but you can fill out the information manually.
  • To create an entirely new reference, click on the green icon.  You can choose the item type as appropriate and fill out the citation information in the right-hand pane.