2008 blog post on 12 must-know Zotero tips and techniques
It's easy to add PDFs to your Zotero library and automatically import their citation info.
First, enable PDF indexing on the Search tab of Zotero's preferences. Zotero will download and install a small plugin.
Next, just drag your PDF files into the Zotero pane.
Right-click the PDFs and choose "Retrieve Metadata for PDFs." Zotero will retrieve their citation data from Google Scholar and turn them into citeable items with PDF attachments.
If Zotero can't find a match on Google Scholar, don't worry -- you can still save the citation from another catalog or article database, then drag the PDF onto the citation to make it an attachment.
Have the book in front of you and want to add it to your Zotero library without having to search for a citation?
If you have a book's ISBN, an online article's DOI or PMID number, just click the magic wand button: "Add item by identifier." Type in the book or article's number, and Zotero will automatically download its information and save it to your library.
Zotero supports annotated bibliographies in 2 styles:
To use these styles, you must first download them from the Zotero Style Repository. Click the links to install.
Gather the references into a folder / collection and add annotations by using the Extra: field.
Right-click on the folder / collection name and choose Create a Bibliography from Collection.
You can also select specific items in a folder / collection to create a bibliography from with Create a Bibliography from Items.
Step 4: Select a Bibliography Format.
Choose Chicago or APA annotated styles (the styles you istalled in step 1). Be sure to choose the Bibliography output mode. For us in MS Word or other word processors, you will want to use the RTF output option.
Your bibliography should output with annotations.
Adding notes to your web page captures is so cool; it would be neato to do that to your PDFs.
You can't edit PDFs directly in Zotero but there are a couple of third-party apps you might want to chek out:
Qnotero is a Windows / Linux (no Mac) program that lives in your system tray and provides easy access to your Zotero references and PFFs. Search by Author and/ or Year of Publication. If a PDF file is attached to a reference you can open it directly from within Qnotero.
All three programs can read and write a standard citation file format called RIS, which means references can be converted back and forth with a few clicks.
PDFs and other attachments do not export between programs, however; only citation information.
Zotero to RefWorks
To save your Zotero library for importing into RefWorks, click the Zotero button that looks like a gear and choose "Export Library." Choose RIS as the file type and pick a filename.
In RefWorks, click "References" and then "Import." Click the "Choose File" button and select the file you just exported from Zotero. Set Import Option to "Reference Manager (RIS)" and click Import.
RefWorks to Zotero
To export your Refworks library for use in Zotero, click "References" and then "Export." Set the output style to "Bibliographic Software (Endnote...)" and save it as a text file.
In Zotero, click the button that looks like a gear and choose "Import." Just double-click the file you exported from RefWorks. The new references will be added to a collection named "Imported" followed by the date and time.
Zotero to EndNote
To save your Zotero library for importing into EndNote, click the Zotero button that looks like a gear and choose "Export Library." Choose RIS as the file type and pick a filename.
In EndNote Web, click "Collect" and then "Import References." Browse to your saved file. Set Import Option to "RefMan (RIS)" and click Import.
EndNote to Zotero
To export your EndNote Web library for use in Zotero, click "Format" and then "Export References." Set the output style to "RefMan (RIS) Export" and save it as a text file.
In Zotero, click the button that looks like a gear and choose "Import." Just double-click the file you exported from EndNote. The new references will be added to a collection named "Imported" followed by the date and time.