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Citation Management: Zotero

A guide to using citation managers including EndNote, Mendeley, and Zotero.

Create a Zotero Account

Download Zotero

Follow the link below to download Zotero for Firefox or Zotero Standalone (for use with Safari and Chrome).

Zotero is not compatible with Internet Explorer.

What is Zotero?

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Zotero is a free, open-source tool that you can you use to:

  • gather, save, and organize bibliographic data (and PDFs) while you're doing your research
  • create citations and bibliographies while you write
  • share your research with colleagues, your research community, or the world
  • sync your account accross multiple devices

Zotero is able to sense bibliographic information when a book, article, or website is being displayed by revealing an icon in the address bar. All you have to do is click!

Getting Started with Zotero

Zotero has three components:

  • The library that keeps all of your references organized
  • The browser tool that can grab citation information off of a web page
  • The Word (or OpenOffice) plug-in that can produce formatted in-text citations and a bibliography

When you use Firefox, the library and the browser tool are integrated but you will need to download the Word plug-in separately.

When you use Chrome or Safari, the library and the Word plug-in will be integrated but you will need to download the browser tool separately.

Attribution

Aspects of this page were adapted from the Georgia State University Zotero guide developed by Jason Puckett, and the Scholars Portal Using Zotero guide. This page is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.