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Introduction to Zotero

Steps to create a new collection in Zotero

Once Zotero is installed:

  1. Launch the Zotero program
  2. To create a new collection, right-click on My Library or click on the New Collection button (above the left pane) undefined

  3. A new collection is a folder into which items relating to a specific project or topic can be placed. The same item can belong to many collections at one time.


Edit Citation Style

To change the citation style in Zotero, go to:

View > Citation Style .


You can click on More Styles if you do not see your preferred style in this list. 


Do note that if you have downloaded a free version of Zotero, not all styles come pre-installed. Hence, click on the tab Get More Styles to search for your preferred style in Zotero's online database if you need to.


Adding PDFs in Zotero

Zotero allows you to attach a PDF to any references added in the library.

To attach PDF to any entries:

  1. Launch Zotero program
  2. Open the saved Library  
  3. Locate and select the PDF on your computer
  4. Drag the file into the center pane of a Zotero folder  
  5. Zotero will search first few pages of PDF to find the metadata or match with the citation information.