You can save references into Zotero with one click from most library catalogs (including Emory's Library Search catalog), databases, and even some regular web pages. The Zotero desktop application must be open to download references.
For most databases, Zotero works via the automatic detection feature. When you have a page of results, the Zotero connector in your browser displays a folder icon. When you click on the folder, you get a list of all the items on the results page. Check the items you want to save into Zotero. Click "OK" to save them into your library:
Save an individual article in a database by clicking the "page" icon:
Click on the "wand" icon. If Zotero can find a matching number it will download the reference.
Add a PDF to your Zotero library and Zotero will automatically attempt to retrieve metadata for PDFs you add, whether you:
Zotero can't always capture citation info from webpages, but you can still add them to your Zotero library.
Click the page icon to save a record of the page, a link to the page, and a "snapshot." A snapshot is a copy of the page that includes the page's text and images, so if the page is removed later you'll still be able to refer to it.
Some databases do not work with Zotero's auto-detection feature (that is, there is no Zotero translator for those databases, or the site doesn't provide accessible metadata). Saving items from these databases requires extra steps.
Save the items in the database, then look for an option to export them. Export them in an RIS format then import them into Zotero.
Alternatively, you can create a citation manually.
To manually enter a citation click the green plus sign. Choose the type of item (e.g. book chapter, webpage, report) and fill in the fields. You can change the type of item for the record at anytime.
Enter the field information.