How to Use Zotero

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


It might be more practical to try to find a result where the full-text PDF copy is available such as a journal’s Web site or database results with the PDF. Doing so will enable you to save the reference as well as the full-text article as an attachment.

  1. From the results page or from the article page, click the single document icon located next to the browser’s address bar (the icon may vary depending on what type of document you are exporting to Zotero and the location of the icon may vary by browser)
  2. The reference and accompanying PDF, if available, should automatically be saved to your Zotero Library

Complete Instructions


Task for learning: Go to the following URL and add the book chapter pre-print “Collaborating for success” to Zotero:

Review question:

All Review Questions

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]