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Citation Management Tools: Zotero

Refworks, Zotero, Mendeley, EndNote. Which one is the right reference management tool for you? Start here.

What is Zotero?

Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use Firefox extension to help you collect, organize, and cite your research sources. It lives right where you do your work in the web browser itself. Zotero allows you to attach PDFs, notes and images to your citations, organize them into collections for different projects, and create bibliographies. You can use Zotero to

  • Create a personal database online
  • Import references automatically from most research databases and library catalogs
  • Organize and annotate references
  • Format references and bibliographies in Microsoft Word and other word processing program documents
  • Format citations automatically in any of hundreds of styles, such as the Chicago Manual of Style, APA, and MLA
  • Share your citations or collaborate with others online through Zotero Groups

Downloading Zotero

You can download Zotero to run as a Firefox extension, or as a separate program without Firefox, available for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. There are plugins for Google Chrome and Safari and a Standalone-compatible mode for Firefox. You will probably also want to download word processor plugins for Word or LibreOffice/OpenOffice.

Zotero Consultant

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Joe Holub
Van Pelt Library
3420 Walnut Street
Philadephia PA 19104