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MCB 163L: Mammalian Neuroanatomy Lab

Zotero introduction

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Zotero is freely available and includes:

  • importing of citations from most article databases (including PubMed), Google Scholar, Start Your Search, and the library's Melvyl catalog.
  • 300 MB of free storage. For more storage, sync Zotero with Google Drive, Berkeley Box, Dropbox, or other compatible cloud storage using the third-party plugin Zotfile.
  • automatic citation and reference-list formatting when you write documents in MS Word, OpenOffice or Google Docs
  • Create groups with users within and outside of UCB to share references
  • library and user community support.

To download and install Zotero:

  1. Go to and click on the Download button.
  2. Zotero will detect your operating system; click the Download button or select a different operating system.
  3. Follow the installation instructions for your operating system.
  4. Be sure to download the Zotero connector for your browser.
  5. You're ready to begin saving references!

Importing citations to Zotero

Saving PubMed search results to Zotero:

  1. Open Zotero on your computer
  2. From any PubMed search results page, click the Zotero Connector icon in your browser. On a page with multiple results the Zotero icon will appear as a folder. 
  3. Select the citations you wish to import to Zotero by clicking the checkbox next to the title.
  4. Click OK and select the collection to which you would like to save the results
  5. The citations will be added to Zotero along with PDFs by default if Zotero can find them (you can change this in Zotero preferences).

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