F&M College Library

SPA 371: Spanish for Health Professions

Keeping Track of Your Citations with Zotero

Zotero is a great open-source tool that allows you to keep all of your sources in one convenient place! Using Zotero's easy interface, you can create folders to store project-specific PDFs, book chapters, online sources, and more. 

Zotero also has a convenient browser extension that lets you save PDFs, webpages, and other sources right from your browser window! 

You can download Zotero from their homepage here.

How To Add Items to Your Library

There are a few different ways to add items to your library -

1. Find the item you would like to use in your web browser and use the browser connector.  

2. Drag and drop a file into your library. 

When the file has been added you can right click (control + click on Mac) and select "Retrieve Metadata for PDF." You may need to install a plug-in. If Zotero is unable to extract metadata you should instead select "Create a Parent Item" and then input the citation information manually. 


3. Manually add the source. 

Click on the green circle with a plus sign, select the type of source, and then input all of the information you would need for a complete citation.