Get This Item
You’ve probably seen the Get This Item button in some article databases that allows you to locate the full text of an article online. Zotero allows you to use the same feature with the Locate button enables you to locate the online full text of an item in your Zotero library.
To set up Zotero to access the Get This Item server, click the Gear button on the Zotero toolbar and choose Preferences. At the bottom of the Advanced preferences window, paste this url into the “Resolver” box:
Then click OK. Once you’ve set this up, you can click the Locate button on any citation you’re viewing to search for the item online.
Adding items by ISBN
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, or 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.
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 cite-able 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.