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How to Use Zotero

Zotero: Citation management software that saves, collects, organizes, cites, and shares research sources.

Zotero & Cell Phones

Zotero excels when used on a computer or laptop.  Some Zotero features are not accessible via a cell phone. 


To use Zotero with your cell phone or tablet, download Zotero's Bookmarklet, a special bookmark in your browser that will allow you to save a page to your Zotero library.


The process for installing and using the Zotero bookmarklet varies. Be sure to click on the browser you're using.

Find additional third party Zotero apps for cell phones here.


Since smartphones and apps change frequently, these instructions work now, but may not work tomorrow.  Please let us know if you are having difficulty.

Cell Phones & Citations

Where does Zotero place citations from my cell phone?

Any entries that you create on a cell phone are added to your general "My Library" collection folder.  You don't get to choose into which folder something gets placed.   But this is easy enough to fix:  Use a saved search of recent additions or create a folder of recent additions.

Create a Recent Addition Folder

Create a folder that contains all recently added items (recently added: 14 days). To create such a folder, just follow tip number 8.  

Use a Saved Search

Often you'll add new items without worrying about tagging or putting them in collections. To set up a saved search for new items, click Advanced search, select “Dated Added” > “is in the last” > X “days/months” and fill in the desired period; then save the search. This gives you a dynamically updated overview of your latest additions, so that you can go back to them and do the categorization and tagging work when it suits you. It is recommended that you put checks in the boxes below. Also consider include date, date added, and date modified to ensure that everything is "caught".

Once you are back at your computer, you just drag+drop the entries that you saved into the desired folders.