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Zotero: Zotero for Mobile

Zotero is a free citation manager. This page offers information that will help you create and build a Zotero library, create and use groups to collaborate, and use Zotero to add properly formatted citations to your papers.

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Mobile Apps and Plug-ins

Using Zotero for mobile allows you to save items from your mobile device's internet browser directly to your Zotero account. The official iOS Zotero app is in beta testing, and there are several third-party options as well. The Zotero Bookmarklet also allows you to save items from your mobile device's web browser to your Zotero account. Exporting to Zotero from BrowZine

Recommended Apps

BrowZine, the app for personalized scholarly journal browsing, reading, and monitoring, allows you to export articles from your BrowZine Library to your Zotero Library. Most online journals offered by the UNC Libraries are available in BrowZine, so this is one way to save citations for future reading or research. BrowZine works on both iOS and Android devices. 

If you are already using Browzine to find new research and want to save the citations and PDFs outside of the Browzine app, you can easily do so by clicking on the export button in the top right corner and selecting the Zotero icon (outlined in red). 

When you send citations from BrowZine to Zotero, they will be added to your Zotero unfiled folder, and you will then need to move them in Zotero to the desired folder. 


The Zotero website provides a full list of recommended iOS and Android apps that allow you to view your Zotero library and save items to your Zotero library.


Recommended Plug-ins

ZotFile is a Zotero Plug-in that allows you to sync PDFs from your Zotero library with your mobile devices. To use this feature, ZotFile sends files to a location on your PC or Mac that syncs with your preferred PDF reader application (PDF Expert, iAnnotate, GoodReader, etc.) on your mobile device.


Check out the ZotFile website for more information on installation and set-up.