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This guide provides in-depth instructions on how to use Zotero, organize sources, and create in-text citations and bibliographies.

Adding Sources with PDF Files

If you have PDF files that are readable (OCR), Zotero can extract the necessary metadata from the document to create a source record.

  1. Open the Zotero Desktop app
  2. Open the computer folder with the pdf file(s)
  3. Drag and drop the pdf file(s) from the computer folder to the Zotero Library or collection
  4. Wait a few seconds for Zotero to process the document and create the source record
  5. Repeat as many times as needed

Note: if the pdf format is a static image then this process won't work as well. You have some options: