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Zotero Citation Software

guide to using the free Zotero citation and research management program

About Zotero

image of Zotero software showing saved citationsWhat Zotero Does

Zotero (pronounced "zoh-TAIR-oh") is a program that collects, manages, and creations citations for research sources. It's easy to use, save citations from 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.

It automatically updates itself periodically to work with new online sources and new bibliographic styles.

There are two versions of Zotero, Zotero Standalone and Zotero for Firefox (browser plugin). Check out the tabs along the top to figure out which version you want to install. 

(image: Zotero up close by Karin Dalziel on Flickr under a Creative Commons license.)

Citation Tips Online

For basic tips about citation formatting and other writing topics, try these sources.

Don't like Zotero?

There are other research management programs, free and paid, that you may want to use if you don't want to use Zotero. These sites offer suggestions.

License and Credit

This guide is an adaptation of the Zotero guide developed by Jason Puckett at Georgia State University Library under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License. Much thanks to Jason for making the original available for reuse and adaptation.

This Zotero guide is also licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.