If you installed the Zotero Connector for your browser, Zotero can automatically detect reference information on websites you visit. (Note: this information is only as good as what the website provides and may contain errors.) The icon for the Connector should appear somewhere in the toolbar of your chosen browser, and will change form depending on what Zotero is currently detecting. For example, a typical webpage will produce a page icon, while a page of Quick Search results will produce a folder icon.
To add a reference to Zotero:
If you are using many search tools, including Google Scholar and the ISU Library's Quick Search, Zotero can detect information about multiple resources at once.
If you are using Quick Search:
If you are switching from another citation manager to Zotero, or have selected multiple references in a database:
Import...from the File menu
If you wish to add a large number of citations to Zotero from a database, such as Google Scholar or one of the Library's subscription databases, you may want to batch export the items you want from the database and import that file into Zotero rather than using the Zotero connector. Most databases allow for citation information to be exported in a .RIS file, which can easily be imported into Zotero using steps 2-4 above.
If you wish to extract bibliographic information from a PDF:
If you already know an identifier, such as ISBN or DOI, for the reference you want to add:
Add Item by Identifierbutton (looks like a magic wand)
If you want to add all bibliographic information for a reference by hand:
New Itembutton (green +)
To add a note to a reference:
To store a file, such as a PDF, as an attachment:
Attach Stored Copy of File
When an item's record in Zotero contains a DOI, you can use the newest versions of Zotero to automatically find a PDF and add it as an attachment:
Find Available PDF
Zotero will then search for a legal PDF copy using a combination of direct access (for subscription journals) and Unpaywall (for Open Access versions). This means ISU users should be able to find PDFs through the Library's subscriptions by using Zotero from on campus. You can also configure Proxy preferences for off-campus access.
For more help adding items, see Zotero's very thorough documentation.