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Zotero Guide

UTA Libraries' guide to the citation management tool Zotero

Step 3: Enable PDF indexing

1. In Zotero, open the Preferences menu by clicking on "Edit" and then clicking on "Preferences".

2. Click on the "Search" tab. Then click on the "Rebuild Index..." button to build a full-text cache to enable PDF indexing.


  • PDF attachments that are coded with recognizable text can also be full-text searched with PDF indexing.


This LibGuide was developed, with permission, from the Michigan State University Zotero LibGuide and the "Migrating Citations from RefWorks to Zotero" page of the University of Minnesota RefWorks Transition website.