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Guide to using Zotero reference management software

Using the Connector to capture references

One of the most useful features of web-based bibliographic software is being able to quickly ‘capture’ the reference you’re looking at online in a couple of clicks by installing a connector or bookmarklet into your browser. 

The Zotero Connector provides the ability to save references from most library catalogs and databases, and even some regular web pages, with one click. (Zotero has published a list of compatible sites.) If Zotero detects that you're looking at a book or article on a catalog, database, or a site like Amazon, LibraryThing or the New York Times, you'll see a different icon appear. The examples below show: the book icon, the journal article icon and the PDF file icon. Just click the icon and Zotero will automatically save the citation.

Please note: If you are not logged in the Zotero Web library, you must make sure that Zotero desktop is running otherwise the Connector will not have anywhere to save the reference to!

Zotero connector book icon screenshot

  Zotero connector article icon screenshot   

Zotero connector PDF icon screenshot