Answered By: APUS Librarians
Last Updated: Jan 09, 2020     Views: 3087

First, be sure that you have the Zotero application and the appropriate Zotero connector loaded:

Once the connector has been installed, there will be a Zotero save button located in your browser. The look of the button may change depending on whether you are viewing a book, article or webpage.

Example of a Zotero button

As you browse the web, Zotero will automatically find bibliographic information on webpages you visit and allow you to add it to your library with a single click.

To download a library resource (and the associated PDF):

  1. If you have found a resource in a Trefry Library database that you want to add to your Zotero library, just click the Zotero save button.
  2. Clicking this button will import the PDF file into your library and Zotero will also attempt to retrieve the citation information for it.
  3. In some databases, such as Proquest, it works best if you open the PDF in your browser and then click the Zotero save button. If you are using Primo, check your reference to see which database it is coming from.
IMPORTANT:  Always double-check auto-generated citations against the examples in the appropriate style guide.  While database auto-cite features are a good time-saving tool, errors are common (capitalization, punctuation, date, etc.).  You'll need to fix those error by hand!


To download multiple items from library databases directly from your search results list:

If you are on a page with multiple items listed, such as your search results list, the Zotero save button will look like a folder. When you click the button, select the items you wish to save and click OK.

Zotero multiple items list


Remember, to check the results in Zotero to make sure all the citation data was downloaded properly. If you used Primo (the Everything box) your results could be coming from several different databases.

For additional help, see the Zotero Support Page:


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