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Hope Library Guides

Zotero: Excellent Zotero Tricks

Find Full Text Links (aka openURL linking) and Zotero

 You've probably seen the "Find Full Text" button in some article databases that allows you to locate the full text of an article online. Zotero allows you to use the same feature.

To enable Zotero to access the "Find Full Text" server, click the gear button on the Zotero toolbar and choose Preferences. Select the Advanced tab. Near the bottom, paste this URL into the "OpenURL" box:

https://col-hope.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/discovery/openurl?institution=01COL_HOPE&vid=01COL_HOPE:HOPE&‚Äč

Then select OK. Once you've set this up, you can click the Library Lookup button on any citation you're viewing to search for the item online.

Integration with Mendeley

Mendeley Desktop/Mendeley Reference Manager supports importing your documents directly from Zotero. 

To import your Mendeley library, follow these steps:

  1. Make sure that all data and files have been synced to Mendeley servers.
  • If you use Mendeley Desktop, check your sync settings to make sure that data and files are being synced, and confirm that you can open PDFs in your online Mendeley library.
  • If you use Mendeley Reference Manager, your data and files are already all online.
  1. Make sure you're running at least Zotero 6, which contains the latest version of the importer as well as a new PDF reader that can display PDF annotations imported from Mendeley.
  2. Go to File → Import within Zotero and choose the “Mendeley Reference Manager (online import)” option.

You'll be asked to log in to Mendeley to allow Zotero to perform the import. Your Mendeley password is never seen or stored.

More information and troubleshooting steps are available at: https://www.zotero.org/support/kb/mendeley_import

Indexing PDFs

It's easy to add PDFs to your Zotero library and automatically import their citation info.

First, enable PDF indexing on the Search tab of Zotero's preferences.  Zotero will download and install a small plugin.

Next, just drag your PDF files into the Zotero pane.

Right-click the PDFs and choose "Retrieve Metadata for PDFs."  Zotero will retrieve their citation data from Google Scholar and turn them into citeable items with PDF attachments.

If Zotero can't find a match on Google Scholar, don't worry -- you can still save the citation from another catalog or article database, then drag the PDF onto the citation to make it an attachment.

Adding items by ISBN

Have the book in front of you and want to add it to your Zotero library without having to search for a citation?

If you have a book's ISBN, an online article's DOI or PMID number, just click the magic wand button: "Add item by identifier." Type in the book or article's number, and Zotero will automatically download its information and save it to your library.