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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, open-source, easy-to-use citation management tool 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

Getting Started

Get started in four easy steps:

1. Create your free Zotero account

2. Download and install the Zotero application

3. Sync your account by adding your username and password to the app in your Preferences > Sync

4. Add a browser connection to save items on the go

Zotero Consultant

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