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Zotero: Zotero

Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. The original content of this guide comes from Washington State University Libraries.

What is Zotero?

Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. 

Take a look at what you can do with Zotero:

  1. Create and manage citations of books, articles, videos, etc.
  2. Import citations 
  3. Add searchable notes and tags to citations; attach pdf's if desired
  4. Quickly create a bibliography in multiple formats (MLA, Chicago, APA...)
  5. Automatically manage in-text citations in Microsoft Word or LibreOffice/OpenOffice
  6. Easily share references with others

Getting Started with Zotero

  1. Download and install Zotero (Options for Firefox, Chrome, and Safari)
  2. Register for a free zotero.org account (enables syncing and sharing).
  3. Sync your Zotero account with Zotero for Firefox or Zotero Standalone.
    1. Within Zotero click on Actions (gear icon), then select Preferences.
    2. Select the Sync tab and enter your Zotero account username and password.
  4. Add citations to Zotero
  5. Create bibliographies
  6. Organize your research
  7. Share and collaborate