Reference management software, also known as citation management software, bibliographic management software or citation managers, can help you manage and organize your citations and format bibliographies and footnotes in your papers.
Many different reference management tools are available - some are available for free while others are not. Most pieces of reference management software can help you to:
Adding items to your Zotero library is easy. You can either input the citation data manually or import the data automatically using the browser plugin. For help setting up Zotero, first view the video, “Getting started with Zotero.”
To manually add items to Zotero select the green ’Plus’ icon at the top of the window. Immediately you will see some of the more common document types but if you hover over “More…” you will see a full list of options. Choose the type of document you want to add. Enter the bibliographic information on the right. Be sure to enter all the information you need to complete your citations.
You can also import bibliographic information directly from the library record. When you have found a book or article in the UM Libraries’ catalogue that you want to add to your Zotero library, click on the title to open the full record. You will see an icon at the top of the browser resembling a book or paper document. When you click on the icon the bibliographic information in the library record will be automatically imported into your library.
Zotero will import the information directly to the Zotero folder you have open. Be sure that you have the correct folder open before you import the record.
In Zotero you can also save a link to any online articles or ebooks. Zotero cannot import the link from the library record. To add the link, you must import the data from the webpage where the article is hosted. In most cases you should be able to import the full citation information along and the link from the article abstract page.
If there are books or articles in your library that do have the URL, you can access them easily using the library look-up feature. Click on the document in your Zotero library. Then click on the green ‘Right Arrow’ icon at the top of the Zotero window. A new tab will open in your browser with the library record for that item. If this feature is not working, see the previous video “Getting Started with Zotero” to learn how to add the University of Manitoba Library link resolver.
If you need more help with using Zotero, a librarian will be happy to help you.