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Zotero Citation Manager: Creating Citations

A guide to help you utilize Zotero to organize your research.

Adding items to Zotero

  • Install Zotero Connector to your web browser (*Zotero Connector does not work with Internet Explorer)
  • When you are on any web page, ejournal page, or ebook tap the Zotero icon to add the item to your library.

  • If you are reading a pdf, you will also be able to save a copy of the pdf file to your Zotero library

For a full list of features of the Zotero Connector add on see

Adding and item by ID number

  • You can quickly add items to your library if you already know their ISBN, Digital Object Identifier (DOI), or PubMed ID. 
  • To add an item via one of these identifiers, click the “Add Item by Identifier” button () at the top of the center column of the Zotero pane, type or paste in the identifier, and press Enter/Return.

Importing From Existing Citation Manager

You can import  and migrate your existing library and reference list from other Citation Managers such as Mendeley and Refworks.

To migrate your existing Refworks account to Zotero:

  1. Login to your Refworks account and choose the references you wish to migrate by choosing the check box next to the reference, or choose all.
  2. Choose "share" from the top tabs, and then "export references"
  3. Choose the .ris format and download
  4. In your Zotero account, choose "file", then "import"
  5. Choose the file you downloaded from Refworks and the citations will populate in your Zotero account.


To migrate and import your data from Mendeley to Zotero follow these instructions to choose the correct version of Mendeley.

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