If you are reading a book or article, you can add the reference for it manually into Zotero by following these instructions:
When browsing the library catalogue on the MIE Library website, you can use a tool to export references automatically into your Zotero library by following these steps:
Many online articles have a DOI (Digital Object Identifier), this is a unique alphanumeric code that is used to permanently identify an article or document to a source online. You can think of it like a PPS Number for an article – it only ever refers to that one article like your PPS Number only ever refers to you.
You can add references to articles to Zotero by using the DOI, which then pulls in the relevant information about titles and authors from online. You can add these references by following these steps:
Zotero offers an internet browser plugin / add-on for Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari. You can add the extension to your browser directly from the Zotero website https://www.zotero.org/download/
You can add references to your library automatically from the MIE library catalogue, websites, news sites, Google Scholar and viewing PDFs. However, it is important to remember that the quality of the data Zotero imports is determined by the information supplied on the webpage. Some websites provide very high-quality data using a standard way to provide Zotero with data (via embedded metadata). Other websites provide only limited metadata (e.g., only the title of a blog post) or no metadata at all.
When you want to add a reference for the webpage you have open, click the Zotero icon in the top menu of your browser. Zotero will generate this information automatically and add it to your library. Make sure to check that the information generated is correct. You can edit the information in Zotero on the right-hand panel.
Most published books have an ISBN (International Standard Book Number). These work in a similar way to DOIs, although it is a much older system. Some books have a 10-digit ISBN and a 13-digit ISBN, you will be able to use either one to add your reference. You can add book references to Zotero using an ISBN using the same method as adding using a DOI.
It is very important to proofread your references when adding them into Zotero, no matter which method you use to add them. Zotero cannot create a correct reference from incorrect or incomplete information. You can save yourself time by checking your references as you add them, when you are most likely looking at the book or article that you are referencing. Use the APA Handbook as a guide to understand what information is required and what format it should be in.
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