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Manage Your References

Zotero Desktop is a reference manager that allows you manage, read, share, annotate and cite your research papers. 

You can download Zotero and install it on your computer.

You can manage your references in the Zotero Web Library, which is created for you when you sign up for an account.

Zotero Web Library

Make changes to your Zotero Library on the web by clicking on the "My Library" tab.

Note: Remember to sync in Zotero Desktop to make sure your changes are active everywhere you access Zotero.

Add Files to Zotero

You can add files to Zotero by:

  • Dragging and dropping a pdf into Zotero
  • Clicking "New Item" then "Link to File":

Problems with metedata upload? Try an identifier.

  • Choose "Add Item(s) by Identifier" and add a digital identifier (DOI, arXivID, PMID, etc) to have Zotero search for the article and upload the relevant metadata for you:


You can add information manually. Choose one of the options below for the form to fill it out manually. there are a multitude of options under the more list:

The Zotero Connector will add it to your library from your webpage:



Export references directly from Scopus and EBSCOhost to Zotero:

  • When reading an article, click the "Export" option, in the banner at the top:

  • For EBSCO, you will be able to export in RIS format. Choose Export on the side and save the file

The information can be imported into Zotero.

Import References from other Reference Managers

Guide from Zotero: Import your references from other citation managers.


Read and Annotate your PDFs

You can edit PDFs that have been added to your Zotero Library. You can do this by double clicking to open the file in a separate tab within Zotero Desktop. You now have the option to:

  • Highlight Text
  • Make Notes
  • Search within Text

Beginner's Guide to Zotero

Video courtesy of University of New Mexico Library