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Get it UTL and Zotero

resolversYou've probably seen the get it! UTL  button in some article databases that allows you to locate the full text of an article online. Zotero allows you to use the same feature.

To set up Zotero to access the Get it! UTL server, click the gear button on the Zotero toolbar and choose Preferences. At the bottom of the preferences window, paste this url into the "Resolver" box:

http://bf4dv7zn3u.search.serialssolutions.com

Then click OK. Once you've set this up, you can click the Locate button on any citation you're viewing to search for the item online.

Indexing PDFs

It's easy to add PDFs to your Zotero library and automatically import their citation info.

First, enable PDF indexing on the Search tab of Zotero's preferences.  Zotero will download and install a small plugin.

Next, just drag your PDF files into the Zotero pane.

Right-click the PDFs and choose "Retrieve Metadata for PDFs."  Zotero will retrieve their citation data from Google Scholar and turn them into citeable items with PDF attachments.

If Zotero can't find a match on Google Scholar, don't worry -- you can still save the citation from another catalog or article database, then drag the PDF onto the citation to make it an attachment.

Adding items by ISBN

Have the book in front of you and want to add it to your Zotero library without having to search for a citation?

If you have a book's ISBN, an online article's DOI or PMID number, just click the magic wand button: "Add item by identifier." Type in the book or article's number, and Zotero will automatically download its information and save it to your library.

Additional Tips & Tricks from Zotero

When viewing items in your library, select an item from the middle column then hold down the “Option” key on Mac OS X, the “Control” key on Windows, or the “Alt” key on Linux to highlight all collections that contain that item.

Press ”+” (plus) on the keyboard within the collections list or items list to expand all nodes and ”-” (minus) to collapse them.

To see the number of items in the selected library or collection, click an item in the middle column and use theSelect All shortcut (Command-A on Mac OS X or Control-A on Windows and Linux). A count will appear in the right column (attachments are included in the count when visible, i.e. when the parent item is expanded)