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Zotero: More Help

Information about the free online citation and research management tool Zotero

More Help

Additional documentation, along with more instructional videos, is available at Zotero's website.

To get assistance from a librarian, please contact  

Use Library Lookup to Find Full Text

In the Preferences window, under the "Advanced" tab, click on the drop-down menu under OpenURL, choose North America, and find Oklahoma State University (or your campus) in the list. This will add the URL of the resolver that will help you find full text when you use the Library Lookup feature.

Screenshot of the Zotero settings screen, with OpenURL configuration settings entered for Oklahoma State University.


When you want to retrieve an item not already stored in your collection, click on the green arrow above the Item Details window and select "Library Lookup"

.Library lookup menu

Language Support

Switching languages

Zotero's interface language defaults to matching the operating system's language. You can change the language to one of the options provided in the drop-down menu under Edit > Preferences > Advanced > General

To keep Zotero's user interface in one language, but to use another language for the citations and bibliographies created by Zotero, select the citation language you would like to use from either:

  • The "Create Bibliography from Selected Item(s)" dialog
  • The word processor integration plugin's document preferences window
  • The Quick Copy section in the Export pane of the Zotero preferences

JURIS-M is an unofficial version of Zotero that allows you to store transliterations and translations of names, titles, and other fields, and create citations and bibliographies that show this information.

Formatting Footnotes and EndNotes

In the word processing program Zotero does create the footnote (or endnote), but it does so by passing a "create footnote" command on to your word processor. Any issues relating to the format of the footnote or what numbering style to use needs to be set in your word processor. 

Zotero Bookmarklet for Mobile Devices

If you are using a mobile device or a browser not supported by the Zotero software, you can use the Zotero Bookmarklet to save items to your Zotero library on the Zotero servers. Once you have registered for a free Zotero account, follow the instructions for installing the Bookmarklet

When you open up the Zotero application on your computer and sync your library with Zotero's servers, the items will be added to "My Library." You can then add them to your collections.

More Plugins

On the Zotero site you can find a list of additional plugins for Zotero created by Zotero users.