Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.
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Zotero recommends the following apps for iOS users to manage their library from a mobile device.
"BibUp allows you to create bibliographic references by scanning books barcodes and extracts of text. The references, including the OCRed text, can be viewed on a web page and collected using the Zotero plugin for Firefox."
"PaperShip is an iPad, iPhone and Mac application designed to give you access to your Mendeley / Zotero library on-the-go. You will enjoy to annotate your PDFs with highlights, notes, free text, drawings and much more!"
"The purpose of ZotPad is to allow accessing Zotero libraries from mobile devices. The software provides read and write access to Zotero files stored on the Zotero server, WebDAV server, or Dropbox and supports adding notes and tages to your items."
Zotero recommends the following apps for Android users to manage their library from a mobile device.
|"Access your Zotero library from your mobile device! Edit and view your library, sync, and work offline."
|"Zed Lite gives you access to your Zotero reference database on-the-go."
|"Zojo allows users to view their citations stored at zotero.org"
The Zotero browser extension allows you to quickly save items to your Zotero library while you are searching, without having to leave your browser.
1. Click on the small icon that appears in the right corner of your browser address bar.
Whether you are using the Zotero Standalone or Zotero for Firefox, adding citations to your library from the Zotero platform can be done in 2 ways:
1. Add citation information by an identifier by clicking on the "Add Items by Identifier" button on the toolbar, type in the item DOI, ISBN or PMID and press enter
2. Add items manually by clicking on the "New Item" button, selecting the source type and then filling in the information fields in the right column
Whether you are using the Zotero Standalone or Zotero for Firefox, you can add citations to your library by dragging PDFs from your desktop or file window into the Zotero platform.
1. Add the citation to your Zotero library first (using any of the methods in the previous tab), then drag PDF directly over the citation to merge the two together.
2. Drag the PDF into Zotero, right click on the file and select "Retrieve Metadata" to generate a citation based on the information in the PDF.
Adding tags to your references is another way to manage resources in your Zotero library.
1. Click on the source you want to tag and go to the "Tags" tab in the item information and click "Add"
2. Add your descriptive tags to the source
To see all the tags associated with a particular collection, click on the collection name and the list of tags will appear in the box below the "My Library" section.
Select the citation style for your entire library by clicking on the "Actions" gear button then "Preferences," and select the "Cite" tab. Next, click on the "Styles" tab.