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Zotero Citation Software

guide to using the free Zotero citation and research management program

What Zotero Does

image of Zotero software showing saved citations

Zotero (pronounced "zoh-TAIR-oh") is a free program that allows you to collect, organize, annotate, cite, and share research sources. 

Zotero allows you to:

  • Quickly save metadata about resources used for your research
  • Save documents and other media from databases and websites
  • Create folders
  • Save items in your Zotero library - up to 300 MB of free storage
  • Use across multiple computers
  • Share sources with collaborators locally or in other institutions or other countries

It automatically updates itself periodically to work with new online sources and new bibliographic styles. It's open source and it's FREE!

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

Notes about using Zotero

  • Avoid using the Safari browser, if possible.
  • When saving from Discover and other EBSCO databases, rather than using the Zotero Connector, click on "Cite" (quotation marks icon), then "Export citation," and then "Export in RIS format."

Cite item in an EBSCO database


Export citation then Export in RIS format

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.