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TED 2113 (Zotero training): Downloading Resources

Downloading items into Zotero

One of Zotero's most convenient features is its ability to find bibliographic information on the web pages you visit. For example, when you are looking at the record for a book in an online library catalog, Zotero will often show a book icon in the address bar of your browser (circled in red)

Safari Users: The icon is just to the left of the address bar, grouped with other Safari icons:

When you click this book icon, Zotero will save all of the bibliographic information about that book to your library, in a newly created “Book” item. On some web pages that list information about multiple items (e.g. a list of Google Scholar search results), Zotero will show a folder icon. Clicking this folder icon will open a window in which you can select the items that you want to save to your library:

Whether or not Zotero can recognize bibliographic information on a web page depends on the web page. Some websites use a standard way to provide Zotero with data (via embedded metadata). For other sites, Zotero relies on website-specific translators. Zotero works with most library catalogs, several popular websites such as and, and many library databases and websites of scientific publishers. Just look for icons in the address bar of your browser. 


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  1. Add a book from OneSearch
  2. Add a journal article from ERIC 
  3. Search Google for a web page on a topic of your choice and add a web page item


(Please refer to your TED 2113 Zotero assignment for the list of specific items you will need to add for your annotated bibliography)


Next Step: Organizing Resources

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