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P1P Citation Best Practices : A first few steps for Zotero

Using citation management to support ethical, high quality research

Getting started


  • Download the Zotero desktop application
  • Add the Zotero connector to your browser
  • Within Zotero, create a folder for your paper or project 


  • Go to your favorite database
  • open your Zotero desk top application 
  • Search within the database
    • as you find articles of interest, click on the Zotero connection icon in your browser 
    • This should show you a list of the articles
    • Check the boxes for the articles you want to add to your folder 


  • Go back to the Zotero application 
  • Check the folder 
  • If pdfs were part of the database collection, you will be able to open the pdf from Zotero


A few additional details

You can not read PDFs in the Zotero application. You can take notes. 

The Mendeley application does allow you to read, annotate, and take notes on your PDF right from the application. 

Both Mendeley and Zotero have a Word integration 

  • From Word search and add in text citations 
  • Automoatically create bibliography/reference list/works cited from the in text citations

Some schools do not allow the add-ins in Word. Before choosing your browser determine which application will readily integrate with Word. 

You can manually add citations and create bibliographies with Word. 

Please contact Rebecca Stuhr for more information and assistance