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Zotero Fast Facts
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.
With Zotero, you can:
- Create an account to save, organize, cite, & share your sources
- Store PDFs, images, audio files, video files, etc.
- Sort your sources into collections
- Create footnotes, endnotes, in-text citations, or bibliographies in thousands of citation styles
- Create citations in documents using a plugin
- Sync data across devices
- Share sources with others & work together with a colleague or group
This document includes notes about how to use Zotero, including brief instructions on downloading Zotero, adding citations, working with citations, etc.
Tips for Users who are Blind or have Low Vision
- Zotero seems to be the citation manager that works best with screen readers.
- Check out this thread from Zotero for some workarounds.
- Online https://www.zotero.org and desktop software
- Open source (project of Corporation for Digital Scholarship and the Roy Rosenzweig Center for HIstory and New Media)
- Create own account (not connected to Shibboleth)
- Free based on storage limits (300 MB, no cost)
- Tools include "Zotero" connector (capture web pages) and Word Zotero tab to write and cite
- Allows sharing involves setting up a group (public with open membership, public with closed membership, and private membership) with roles: regular, administrator, group owner
- Files can be attached; look for paper clip
- Drag files to desired folder; extracts metadata.
- Blue dots indicate a file is attached.
- Icons used to indicate source type e.g. article vs. book.
- Footnotes/Endnotes entered more easily than some other tools.
- In Word document, citations can be unlinked
- in Word document, can Add/Edit Bibliography at end (may make updating faster)
- 8,000+ styles, style search OR Word > Zotero tab > Document Preferences
- UC-eLinks button or links to CrossRef or Google Scholar are in upper right with right facing arrow button
- Some syncing may be required
- Limited ability to view citations in main window
- Must manually add appropriate title of Bibliography, Reference List etc. to Word document.