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Zotero - Collect, Organize, Cite and Share your Research Sources: Home

This guide will walk you through setting up and using Zotero to collect and organize resources, cite works, and create bibliographies.

Getting Started

Download Zotero and associated plug-ins using these links:

  • Zotero Standalone
    Runs as a separate application and plugs into your choice of browser.
  • Firefox:
    Download Firefox to get started with Zotero
  • Zotero:
    Download the Zotero add-on for Firefox
  • Zotero Mobile Apps (New!)
    iOS and Andriod developers have been hard at work creating apps so that you can get the most out of Zotero on your mobile devices!
  • Zotero Bookmarklet (New!)
    The Zotero Bookmarklet is a bookmark you add to your browser to save the page you are reading directly to your Zotero library


Get Zotero

Zotero Basics

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Zotero is a free, open source, easy-to-use Firefox add-on (and now works with Chrome and Safari) that helps you to 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 Quick Start Guide: The A, B, C's of "Z"

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

      Zotero Firefox Add-on

      Quickly download the Zotero Firefox Add-on:

      How does it work?

      Zotero is comprised of three components:

      • Translators - Interpret meta-data from websites, databases, videos, images, etc.
      • Styles - Choose from over 20 standard citation styles and add more if necessary.
      • Storage - Zotero lives in your browser using your Firefox profile; you are given 100MB of free storage.

      Once you get Zotero installed on your Firefox browser, look for the Zotero icon on the lower right side of the browser.

      What does "Zotero" mean?

      'Zotero' is based on the Albanian word "zotëroj," which means “to acquire, to master,” in terms of learning.

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