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Retrieve PDF Metadata

To Retrieve PDF Metadata, Zotero can take PDFs of scholarly papers and query the Google Scholar database for matches.

  • Just drag your PDF files into the Zotero center pane.
  • Right-click the PDFs and choose "Retrieve Metadata for PDFs."  Zotero will retrieve the citation data from the PDF files and turn the data into citeable items with PDF attachments.
  • If Zotero can't find a match on Google Scholar, you can still save the citation from another catalog or article database, then drag the PDF onto the citation to make it an attachment.

Click here for a Screencast Tutorial on how to retrieve PDF Metadata directly from Zotero

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