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Adding Images to your Zotero Library

To capture just the image, you can either download the image and upload it to Zotero as an attached file, or you can insert a copy of the image into a Notes field (see below). [1/4/18 update: No, you can't insert an image in a Zotero note, or at least you can't if you are going to try to sync it to Zotero.org.]

Using Images in Zotero Notes

1/4/18 update: According to Zotero, "Notes with embedded images cannot currently be synced to zotero.org."

How to insert an image in a Zotero Note (works with Firefox and Chrome; I have not tested it in Safari)

  1. Drag an image from your desktop into a Zotero Note. It will appear the same size as the actual file - you can't edit the image. If you right-click on the image you will see a basic menu of options (no editing!)
  2. If you view the item(s) in Report mode (right click on the Item or Note and select Generate Report) it will create an HTML page taht will include any text and the image(s) you dragged in, full-size, that can be printed, or copied and pasted into a Word document, etc.
  3. If you just want the note with the image, drag it out of the item so it is a standalone note, then select it and choose the Report option. You may want to insert a title and the link to the image at the top of the Standalone Note.
  4. To get a standalone URL for Flickr, click on Share, then on the Grab the HTML/BBCode link and select the .jpg URL from the code (see box below for more on Zotero and Flickr)

Using Zotero with Flickr

Using Zotero with Pinterest

Pinterest is Open URL-compliant and has a browser translater/icon that will download the Pinterest item you are looking at as a webpage; alternatively you could save it as a webpage. Both methods capture different elements, and neither is comprehensive. I think I'd give the preference to saving it as a webpage, but you will need to carefully add in bibliographic details - which adds to the complexity (author field options are author, contributor, translator -- collector is noticably missing!)...  [more later - I need to fiddle with Pinterest a bit more - if you have ideas, please comment!]

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