Zotero, freely available through Zotero.org, has the ability to search for full text journal articles and conference papers which you have access to through the UC Davis library subscriptions and/or that are freely available on the Internet to attach to your existing references. It can also automatically retrieve PDFs.

To run “Find Available PDFs” in Zotero:

  1. Turn on the UC Davis Library VPN (if not connected to the campus network)
  2. Select (highlight) the references for which you would like Zotero to try and find the PDFs
  3. Right-click those references and select “Find Available PDFs”
  4. You will see the progress of the search (green check for PDFs found, red “X” for those that are not)

While this feature works well, it is not perfect and may not find everything!