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Research and Citation Management Tools: Zotero

Get Zotero

Download Zotero and associated plug-ins using these links:

  • Firefox:
    Download Firefox to get started with Zotero
  • Zotero:
    Download the Zotero add-on for Firefox
  • Standalone Zotero Beta:
    Standalone Zotero Beta does not require Firefox to run and is available for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. Alpha plugins to connect standalone Zotero to the Google Chrome and Safari browsers are already available (a plugin for Internet Explorer is planned).

Benefits of Zotero

Zotero can support research projects both large and small in scale from wherever you are working. Since Zotero is web-based and uses your Firefox profile to store your data, it's easy to sync your entire Zotero library to any computer with an Internet connection and Firefox as a browser option. You can use Zotero for collecting snapshots of the web, as you might a bookmark. The nice thing about Zotero is that it's there when you need it and hidden when you don't. With Zotero, citing resources within your work and generating bibliographies are both very easy tasks. You can also easily share your resources and collaborate with other researchers by using Zotero Groups.

Since Zotero works from within your Firefox web broswer, you can use Zotero with any operating system: Windows, Mac, and/or Linux.

Zotero Support and Tutorials

About Zotero

Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, open source, easy-to-use Firefox add-on (soon to be supported by all major web browsers) to help you collect, manage, cite, and share your research sources. It lives right where you do your work - in your web browser. Designed to be intuitive and unobtrusive (it looks a lot like an iTunes library), Zotero is a powerful and handy tool for any academic.

Zotero works on all three major operating systems: PC, Mac, and Linux.

Zotero tutorial

Zotero is a production of the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. It is funded by the United States Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Zotero Add-ons

Quickly download the Zotero Firefox Add-on:

Collecting Sources

Getting Stuff Into Zotero:





Manually Adding Items to Zotero:

Manually Adding Items to Zotero from zotero on Vimeo.

Sorting Through Your Zotero Library:

Sorting through your Zotero library from zotero on Vimeo.

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