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:
Want to know more? See this Zotero Quick Start Guide published by the Zotero developers. Also available as a PDF.
With recent updates to Zotero you can manage and add items to your library using a web browser (without downloading the Zotero desktop program). Add items from a web browser plugin, with a DOI, ISBN, or other standard number, or manually by creating a citation. The Zotero Web Library is ideal for lab or shared workstations where you may not want to take the time to set up local software.
Note that the Web Library is missing some functionality you will find in the client:
The Zotero Mobile App for iOS is out of beta and is now available!
As with the Zotero Web Library, you can add and edit items in your Zotero App but there are not plugins for work processing.
New with Zotero 6!
With the New Zotero PDF Viewer you can highlight and annotate PDFs right in your Zotero application.
PDFs open in a new Zotero viewer tab, unless you choose in your preferences to keep Adobe as your default viewer.
Read more at the Zotero support page:
Based on Jason Puckett's awesome Zotero Guide from Georgia State University.
Licensed by Georgia State University Library under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.