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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 program that collects, manages, and creations citations for research sources. It's easy to use and save citations from your web browser where you do your work. 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.

Note: Zotero 5.0 is available solely as a standalone program.  There is no longer an updated Zotero for Firefox extension. You can use the Zotero program with Firefox using the Firefox plugin.

(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.