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Answered By: Carl Hess
Last Updated: Jun 12, 2024     Views: 8

You can save citations to Zotero by using the Zotero Connector, adding by using a persistent identifier, or manually entering the citation. Each method has benefits and limits, which you can see below.

Each method also links to a how-to guide for saving a citation that way.

  • Zotero Connector
    • Browser extension to save any source from your browser with one click
    • Can automatically add the PDF of a source if available
    • Citations may need editing depending on what data Zotero is able to pull
    • Does not work in mobile
  • Add by identifier (aka the "Magic Wand")
    • Save a source by entering a persistent identifiers like a DOI or ISBN or by entering a URL (web library only)
    • Not every source has a persistent identifier
    • Will not automatically add PDFs
    • Citations saved from a URL may need editing depending on what data Zotero is able to pull
    • Works in mobile
  • Manual entry
    • Enter the citation information by hand from any source
    • Entirely up to you enter the correct information
    • Choose if the only option available

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