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Workshops, Training, and Help

Questions about using Zotero? Schedule an in-person appointment or an online appointment with a member of our Zotero Help Team, or email us at

Brandeis Library offers free workshops for members of the Brandeis community. Sign up for a Zotero workshop, or request a workshop for your group.

First, Connect Zotero to Brandeis Library OneSearch

Connect Zotero to the Brandeis Library to get the full text of items.

First, set up OpenURL to connect with Brandeis Library OneSearch

  1. Open the Zotero application on your computer.
  2. Go to Zotero's Preferences Window and click the Advanced pane
  3. In the General tab, look for the heading labeled OpenURL.
  4. In the field labeled "Resolver," copy/paste the following URL, and then close the window:   
    [URL updated in October 2022]

"Resolver" field is in Zotero's Advanced Settings.

Then, Use "Library Lookup" to Find Full Text

Once the OpenURL resolver is set up, you can find the full text of an item right from Zotero.

  1. In your Zotero Library, click on the item you would like to find from Brandeis Library.
  2. Use the green arrow icon to open the "Locate" menu.
  3. Select "Library Lookup."

Use the Locate menu and choose "Library Lookup" 

This will open a window in your web browser that will automatically look for the item in Brandeis Library OneSearch.  If the item is available digitally, you will be able to link to it and/or download it.  If the item is available physically in the library, there will be information on where it is located. 

Reach out to a library staff member if you have questions about locating digital or physical items from the library!  Use the "Chat with a Librarian" feature on this page or in OneSearch, or send us an email at

Recommendation: Disable Proxy Redirection

If you are getting an error accessing a resource, another thing to check is whether you have any browser extensions such as Zotero installed. The auto-proxy setting in Zotero Connector may be interfering with access to certain resources.

To change the setting in Chrome, go into your Chrome extensions menu (click the three dots in the top right corner of the browser, click Settings, and then click Extensions), find Zotero Connector, click Details, then Extension options, then Proxies to open up the proxy setting. In Firefox, go to Preferences, Extensions & Themes, find Zotero Connector, click the three dots>Preferences, then Proxies.

Once you're in the Proxy settings, remove any saved proxies in the Configured Proxies box by selecting the proxy and clicking the minus sign (-), and uncheck the boxes for "Enable proxy redirection" and "Automatically detect new proxies."