If you already have PDF file(s) on your device, you can simply drag and drop the PDF(s) into Zotero to generate reference(s).
Unlike EndNote, the PDF(s) can be with or without Digital Object Identifier (DOI). However, the PDF must be text-recognizable, i.e.: not an image file created by a scanner.
-For the first time, you will be guided to install the PDF tools...
Sometimes you may need to create references manually, like when you are using more unique materials like legal cases, newspapers or even films.
To create references manually, it is useful for you to have some knowledge on the requirements of your citation styles for these materials - what kind of information do you need to provide hence which fields do you need to fill.
Tips for entering author name manually:
1) Personal author:
You should enter: Last Name and then First Name (e.g. Chan, Brain)
2) Institutional author:
Change the author field for institutional author by steps below:
3) Multiple authors: