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Zotero - Citation Management Software

Why Zotero?

Zotero is a free, open source citation management tool. You can use it to collect, organize, and cite your research. It can also synchronize your data across devices.

ZoteroBib is a new Zotero tool that helps you make quick bibliographies.

Why Zotero?

  • Zotero is free, and features an online community that can often help with questions.
  • Zotero saves your citation library locally. While it will let you sync your citations through the cloud, you'll need to adjust your settings on every computer. If you mostly use one computer, Zotero is a great option.
  • You don't need to be online to use Zotero.
  • Zotero is easy to use.

Downloading / Installing Zotero

To install Zotero, click "Download." Make sure to click the Operating System that matches your computer's. You will also need to install and connect the Zotero Connector, which allows you to save to Zotero from your browser.


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On the left, you'll see a listing of folders contained in your Library. You can create new folders for different projects. This is called a Collection.

In the center is a list of articles and other materials you have added. These are Items.

On the right are details about the items in your collections. Author names and other tags you have created (e.g., read, to be read, etc) are here.