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Zotero Citation Management Tool

Zotero on the iPad

There are no official Zotero apps for mobile devices, however setting up the Zotero "Bookmarklet" in Safari and using the PaperShip app can allow you to use most of the features of Zotero. You must have a Zotero account, and your iPad must be online, to use Zotero.

Step 1. Register a User Account

Registering a user account allows you to sync your Zotero library between devices. Use a non-GC personal email address, you can keep this account long after graduation.

Step 2. Install Papership for Mendeley & Zotero

Download and install PaperShip for Mendeley & Zotero from the Apple App Store.

Step 3. Add the bookmarklet

The "Bookmarklet," a special link that saves items directly to your Zotero account on the web. Open zotero.org/downloadbookmarklet in Safari and bookmark it. Then, click “iPhone/iPad” and copy the code from the text box on the page.

Step 4. Edit the bookmark

Edit the bookmark you just created. Then change the bookmark name to "Save to Zotero".

Step 5. Replace the URL with the Javascript code

Paste the code from the text box as the URL for the bookmark.

Step 6. Click to save

When you're on a page with a citation, select the Save to Zotero bookmark. The iPad browser will save the citation directly to your Zotero library online.

Step 7. Syncing Your Zotero Library

Using your Zotero login you can access your saved citations and references from the PaperShip app, as well as any any computer on which Zotero is installed.

To ensure that your PaperShip library is being synced with Zotero.org (in the 'cloud'):

  • Open PaperShip. The app will present a Zotero/Mendeley login page, select Login with Zotero.
  • Login with your Zotero.org user account.
  • Accept new Private Key by selecting Accept Defaults.
  • PaperShip will then automatically synchronize your sources.