Answered By: Caltech Research Librarians
Last Updated: Sep 14, 2017     Views: 28

You may have a collection of PDFs stored locally on your computer. If you want to "import" these PDFs into Zotero there are three different ways to do it:

1. Drag and drop the PDFs into Zotero.

2. Click on the green plus sign in Zotero's center column. Select 'Store Copy of File.' You will be prompted to choose which file. You can choose one file at a time or select multiple files by using CTRL-click. Once you have selected your files and clicked 'Open,' Zotero will begin adding your PDFs.

3. Choose a citation for which you want to add a PDF. Right-click and select 'Add Attachment' > 'Attach Stored Copy of File...' (There are two other choices but this one is recommended because it is the most error-proof.)

If you have added PDFs to your library that do not have metadata (i.e. citation information) see for instructions.


Part or all of this answer is adapted from Zotero wiki content distributed under various Creative Commons licenses found at Additional content may have been adapted from the Zotero LibGuide by Jason Puckett and licensed by Georgia State University Library under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial License.