How to Use Zotero

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


You can use “Find Available PDFs” to search for full-text of multiple references at a time. Zotero will search Unpaywall for open access versions of articles as well as the University of Ottawa Library if you are on campus. Please note that this method does not always successfully retrieve all available full-text. You may still need to search for remaining full-text using the other methods above.

  1. Select the references for which you would like to find full-text
  2. Over one of the selected references, right-click and choose “Find Available PDFs”
  3. Once the process is finished, click “Close”

Complete Instruction


Task for learning: Select a group of references in your library and use Find Available PDFs.

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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]