Collecting, organizing, and citing your references

About Zotero

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Connect to Zotero at http://www.zotero.org

What Zotero Does

Zotero (pronounced "zoh-TAIR-oh") is a free program that collects, manages, and cites research sources. It's easy to use, lives in your web browser where you do your work, and best of all it's free. Zotero allows you to attach PDFs, notes and images to your citations, organize them into collections for different projects, and create bibliographies.

Zotero requires that you install two different applications on each computer you use for research:

  • the standalone Zotero program itself
  • the browser connector that works with Firefox, Chrome or Safari

Want to know more? See  this Zotero Quick Start Guide published by the Zotero developers themselves. Also available as a PDF.

Zotero 5.0 Changes


Starting with the release of Zotero 5.0, Zotero for Firefox and Zotero Standalone have been replaced by a single standalone application for users of all browsers.


A new Zotero Connector for Firefox, similar to the extensions available for Chrome and Safari, allows saving to the Zotero application or zotero.org in a single click.

If you’re already using Zotero Standalone, you can continue using Zotero as you were before — with some new features available in the Zotero Connector for your browser.

Read more about this release at the Zotero website

Zotero Tutorials

Zotero has produced several great how-to videos on their site that demonstrate step by step how to use Zotero's features.

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KK9J3ibHyRI&feature=plcp">zdemo click to play</a>

This is a quick overview of how to save citations from the web.

More Zotero Screencast Tutorials

Note: Zotero is in the process of updating tutorials and documentation for version 5.0. 

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