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 green arrow above the right column in Zotero ()
  3. Click "Google Scholar Search"
  4. A results page in Google Scholar will be displayed
  5. Follow one of the links to find the full-text
  6. Click the Zotero icon in your browser to save the reference and the full-text
  7. Return to Zotero and delete the original reference without the PDF

Complete Instructions


Task for learning: Identify one or two of your references in Zotero that do not have full-text attachments. Try the Google Scholar method to see if that helps you obtain full-text.

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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]