One of Zotero's most convenient features is its ability to find bibliographic information on the web pages you visit.
When Viewing a Single Record
When you are looking at the record for an object from an online source such as a library catalog, the Zotero button in your browser's toolbar will indicate that Zotero has detected a particular type of object.
The following images provide icon examples for different browsers, all showing Zotero detecting a "Book" object:
Clicking on this book icon will instruct Zotero to save all of the bibliographic information about that object from this page to your library, in a newly created item.
When Viewing Multiple Items
You can even capture information about multiple items from a list of search results. Zotero will show a folder icon that will open a window in which you can select the items that you want to save to your library:
Tips to Remember While Collecting Items
Saving Webpages with the Zotero Connector
With the Zotero Connector, you can create an item from any webpage by clicking the save button in your browser's toolbar. If the page isn't recognized by a translator, you'll see a gray page icon:
To manually add an item to your Zotero library, click the green “New Item” () button at the top of the center column, and select the desired item type from the drop-down menu (the top level of the menu shows recently created item types; the complete list of item types, minus Web Page, can be found under “More”). An empty item of the selected item type will now appear in the center column. You can then manually enter the item's bibliographic information via the right column.
Note: When you want to create an item for a web page, it is usually easiest to visit the page in your browser and then save it to Zotero. Because of this, Zotero developers removed the Web Page item type from the “New Item” menu. However, you can still create an empty Web Page item by creating an empty item of another type and switching the item type to Web Page via the right-hand column of the Zotero pane.
When you have selected an item in the center column, you can view and edit its bibliographic information via the Info tab of the right column. Most fields can be clicked and edited. Changes are saved automatically as they are made. Some fields have special features, which are discussed on this page.
(You can use these instructions to create new items in the Zotero.org web-view as well!)