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Guide to using Zotero reference management software

Installing the Zotero Connector

The Zotero 'Connector will allow you to download bibliographic information or 'metadata' from the UCL's library catalogue, Explore, databases and webpages.  If you have authenticated with your UCL username and password, via Single Sign-on, Zotero will download both the bibliographic information and the full text of a journal article.

You can download the Connector from Zotero will recognise the web browser you are using but it is available for Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Edge.

Once you have downloaded the Connector, you will see an icon appear on your browser's toolbar. This icon will change depending on what you are looking at on the web. If for instance, you are looking at a list of references, Zotero will display a folder; if you are looking at an article, the icon will change to one that looks like a page from a journal article; and if you are looking at a book, it will have an icon that looks like a book. Icons will also appear in your personal library and are a useful way of determining the type of reference you have downloaded.

In the image above you can see a blog post, a book, a chapter/selection from a book, a conference paper, a dictionary entry, an entry in an encyclopedia, a film, an interview script, articles, a magazine article, a file from an archive, newspaper article, a podcast, a report, a legal document, a doctorate and a documentary.