Zotero works behind the scenes When you navigate to a book or article on a library catalog or database page, or even a site like Amazon.com or the New York Times, you'll see a book or page icon appear in the address bar of your browser. Just click the icon and Zotero will automatically save the citation.
folder icon instead. Click the folder to see a list of all the items on the page. Check off the ones you want to save.If you're on a page that lists several books or articles, you will see a
Zotero can't automatically capture citation information from every type of webpage, but you can still add them to your Zotero library. Right-click on the page/web article you wish to save, and choose "Save to Zotero" from the menu that appears. Once it is saved in your Zotero library, you can add information about the author, etc. if you wish (doing so will make your bibliography pages much easier to craft).
As part of your citation information in your Zotero library, a snapshot of the webpage will be attached to the citation. This snapshot includes the page's text and images, so if the page is ever removed, the link is changed, or you are working offline, you will still be able to view your copy.
Organizing Your Library
You can create folders which Zotero calls "collections" to organize your references. With Zotero, a reference can be in more than one collection at a time. Collections may be useful if you have research projects in multiple classes.
To get started, open your Zotero application to open your library. At the top left, click the folder icon with the green plus sign to name and create a new collection. Repeat this step for any additional collections needed.
NOTE: The connector looks a little different in different browsers, but the way it works is the same. The icon will change from a book to an article or other icons as you look at different information in your research.
Adding Content Manually
There may be times when you need to add an item to your library manually. If so, use the and choose the type of item from the dropdown list. A window will open with the appropriate fields to complete for that item type.
Zotero automatically saves PDF files along with citations when possible (you can change this in the preferences menu if you wish). Attachments take up space in your Zotero account -- you get 300 MB free and can buy more space if needed.