How to Use Zotero

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


Whether you are using the library catalogue, a database, or Google Scholar, you can import multiple references at once into your Zotero library.

  1. From the search tool’s results page, click the yellow folder icon located to the right of your browser’s address bar; a pop-up window will appear and will display the results that Zotero was able to identify on the page
  2. Select the references you want to save to Zotero
  3. Click OK; doing so should send the selected references to your Zotero library

Complete Instructions


Task for learning: Run a search in Google Scholar and add all of the search results from the first page to Zotero.

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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]