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Citation: Saving Citations

Saving a Citation with One Click

The Zotero icon lives to the right of your browser's address bar and changes depending on what kind of resource you are viewing. If you want to save the citation information, just click that icon.

red square box around the zotero icon to add an item from your browser window

Zotero will automatically pull all of the citation information into your desktop application.

image of Zotero saving a source from the browser to Zotero

You will then be able to find the resource downloaded to your Zotero library.

screenshot of book record in Zotero

Saving Multiple Citations

If you're on a page of search results with many items, you'll see a folder icon instead. Click it to get a list of all the items on the page, and check off the ones you want to save.

red square around folder icon in browser bar to save several documents at once

Attaching a File

Image showing the menus for attaching a PDF to a citation


You can easily attach files (like PDFs) to references in your Zotero library. Just drag the the file into your Zotero pane. Dropping the file into a folder will create it as a standalone item. Dropping the file into a reference will add it as an attachment.

(Remember that you get 300 MB of free storage if you're syncing your library onto Zotero's online servers. If you're only storing your library on your own computer, you don't need to worry about storage limits.)

You can also directly attach to items by right clicking on a reference, which will bring up several attachment option. If you want to have the actual file attached to a reference, use the "Attach Stored Copy of File..." option.