2008 blog post on 12 must-know Zotero tips and techniques
To remove duplicate records, also called deduping, open your Zotero pane.
Next click on the entry to the left named "Duplicate Items". This will display a listing of items Zotero believes to be duplicates.
You can select which version you would prefer to keep and the differences will be displayed beneath the listing of the different versions.
Once you've settled on a final version, click on the "Merge Items" button and Zotero will remove the duplicate references.
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.
While Zotero does not offer a fully-fledged mobile app you can:
You can always find out the latest on Zotero add ons and apps from their mobile support page.
BrowZine provides apps for iOS and Android that allow you to easily locate and browse open access journals and to save citations to Zotero or EndNote.
The University of Arkansas does not have an institutional license for BrowZine, so our subscription journals are not available through this app. However, it has coverage of some open access titles, with more content available for the sciences.
PaperShip for iOS devices, including Mac, allows you to view and edit your Zotero library, import new items into your library, and annotate PDFs. PaperShip also allows easy sharing to social networks.
Zandy is a full-featured interface for Zotero on Android devices. It costs $1.99.
With Zandy, you can browse or search your library, add attachments, add web page citations from your browser, and add or edit notes.