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Zotero! for Wrangling Citations

Zotero basics

First of all, sign up for a free Zotero account at

Secondly, choose the DOWNLOAD NOW button. Your choices include downloading the standalone client or the browser plug-in. I use both the client and the browser plug-in. Why? I use the client on my laptop, and the browser plug-in on my work machine. The two synchronize, so I can add to my Zotero database/library at work, and it appears on my laptop upon the next synchronization.

Grabbing citations

You're looking at a citation in a database, or the library catalog, or even a website. You want to grab that citation. What do you do? If you have the Zotero plug-ins installed in your browser, you look for the icon, and then click on it.

Some resources like JStor will have you acknowledge usage before allowing a PDF download for each session or day. Click on the PDF link, acknowledge, and after that, you should be able to download citations and articles with ease.

Now what happens??


and when I check Zotero? The entry is listed, and the triangle icon next to the author name indicates I have more information with that citation. The blue dot under the paperclip icon indicates an attachment.


You'll want to add the current FSU resolver information to Zotero to make it easier for you to pull in full text of documents and work with citations. 

In Zotero, go to Preferences > Advanced > General. In the OpenURL section, there is a entry box next to Resolver. Place this URL in that box:,uid&

Then save those changes (exit the Preferences).

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