The most effective way to use Zotero is to first search for academic sources, like journal articles, in ACU's OneSearch. If you're unfamiliar with OneSearch, contact a librarian or view one or more of the following video tutorials for online students:
Zotero is designed for academic use and so works best with academic resources and databases. However, you can use Zotero on any website, such as government websites, blogs, and YouTube. The quality of the information Zotero is able to capture can vary based on the way data is coded on each website.
When you have found an article in OneSearch that you want to save to Zotero, click on the article title from the search results. This will bring you to a page with information about the article and (if available) an indication of the pdf document to download. Click on the Zotero Connector from this page.
Zotero can only save your source if the Zotero application is open. You should see a popup indication of what Zotero is saving, which folder it is being saved to, and whether or not the full text is being saved.
Now, you can look back in your Zotero application to see your saved article.
If the full-text PDF is available but does not get downloaded to your Zotero library when you click on the connector, try the following:
If you continue having difficulties, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Zotero connector is usually the most efficient way to save sources. However, you can manually add information about an source to Zotero by clicking New Item.
You can also add an item by an identifying number. This can be especially useful if you have a physical book you want to cite. You can type in the book's ISBN, and Zotero will pull information about the book from an online source.
When you add a source to your Zotero library, click on the source and look at the Info pane on the right to check and see if the metadata (the information about the source) is complete and correct. Better metadata can usually be captured from library databases than on various web pages, but all fields in the Info pane are editable, so you can always add or correct the information Zotero will use to create citations.