Originally an add-on for Firefox, Zotero can now be used in a variety of browsers including Chrome and Safari so you can save citation information from a variety of different sources. The video below gives a quick overview of the tool. For more detailed instructions check out Zotero's Quick Start Guide or this research guide created by Georgia State University Library.
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.
How to Add Notes and Tags
Click on the item you would like to add a note or tag to in your Zotero library. In the right hand column select "Notes" to add a note or select "Tags" to add a tag.
How to Generate a Bibliography and a Report
Right click (control + click on Mac) the folder in your Zotero library that you would like to generate a bibliography or report for.
If you would like to generate a bibliography, select "Create Bibliography from Collection." You will get to choose the citation style and file type in the next window that pops up.
If you would like to generate a report, select "Generate Report for Collection." When your report appears click File --> Save.