Most databases let you save a reference directly to your reference manager. Look for options that may say "Export", "Import" or "Save to" and choose to save to the reference manager you are using. Use Connector to quickly save ordinary web sites as references!
Different ways to save references
- Save and export when you're using a database
- Use Connector, the browser add-on
- Search and save using Zotero's own database
- Drag-and-drop a fulltext pdf; references will (in most cases) be extracted automatically. Attn! Avoid this if you are not making use of the institutional license (i.e. unlimited storage) as this is quick to devour the free storage (300 Mb) provided by Zotero for sync and share.
- Manual entry should not be forgotten and can be very effective
Which method should I use?
Feel your way! You won't manage using only one method as none covers all databases. More complete metadata is usually received by using the databases' dedicated "Save reference" buttons. Do however try Connector as that, too, will come in handy. Attn! Always make sure that the metadata is correct in the references you import!
Adding references (items) to Zotero:
- Zotero Connector. The add-on becomes a "save button" in your browser. If you use multiple browsers, you need to install the add-on for ever browser separately. Remember to pin the add-on. Depending on where you get your reference and what type of reference it is, the button changes its appearance, e.g. an article or a book.
- You can add references through ISBN, DOI, or PMID. Look for the wand symbol in Zotero. You can also download/export posts in different formats from databases and upload them in Zotero.
- Import PDF's through drag and drop directly into Zotero.
- If needed, references can be added manually, e.g. book chapters. Click on the green circle with a white plus sign in Zotero and fill in the needed information.
- Some sites are saved as "Generic webpages”, this happens when Zotero is unable to read the necessary information from the site.
- It is possible to manually edit the reference in the metadata panel by clicking on it, for example changing a reference from a book to an article, or adding/removing information.
- If the Connector button is shown as a folder it means that you can save several references at once.
- Zotero must be open on your computer for the import to work. Be mindful that you check and, if needed, complete the information in the references after import.
More information: https://www.zotero.org/support/adding_items_to_zotero