How to Use Zotero

Bite-size search strategies to help you become an expert searcher.


  1. Click on a reference in your Zotero library
  2. Click the "Add Attachment" icon (paperclip) above the middle column in Zotero
  3. Click "Attach Stored Copy of File…"
  4. Browse your computer to locate the appropriate file
  5. Click "Open"

Complete Instructions


Task for learning: Create a manual reference entry for a PDF you have on your computer, then attach that PDF to the entry.

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If you have questions, or if you run into problems that the course does not address, e-mail the University of Ottawa Library at


This online course is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International license. Unless otherwise stated, it is attributed to Mish Boutet, and is based on handouts by Patrick Labelle (also under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0).

[How to Use Zotero online course updated: November 8, 2022]