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Research Guides

What Zotero Does

Zotero (pronounced "zoh-TAIR-oh") is a Firefox add-on that collects, manages, and cites research sources. It's easy to use, accessible within 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. It also allows you to organize them into collections for different projects, and create bibliographies using Word or OpenOffice. It is easier to use than EndNote or RefWorks and surprisingly powerful.

The easiest method to start using Zotero is from the Firefox web browser. Download Zotero directly from the Zotero homepage by clicking on the red  button in the top righthand corner.

Since it's a Firefox plugin, it automatically updates itself periodically to work with new online sources and new bibliographic styles.

Zotero now offers a standalone option that will allow you to access your citations without being connected to the internet!

Using This Guide

This guide is several pages long. Navigate through topics using the tabs across the top and listed below.


We consulted several Zotero user guides, especially the following two:

    Georgia State University Librarian Jason Puckett's Zotero Guide
    University of Michigan Librarian Jacob Glenn's Zotero Guide