What is Zotero?

Zotero is a free, open-source, web and browser-based citation tool. It works best with Firefox, though standalone versions are available for use with Safari and Chrome.

Zotero lives in your browser. Below left, a shot of Zotero sitting at the bottom of the browser as you search the Web (this is optional). Right, a shot of Zotero at full screen.

Strengths of Zotero

  • Free up to 300 MB of storage.
  • Good at retrieving PDF metadata.
  • Automatically imports PDFs when possible.
  • Works well with non-traditional electronic sources.
  • Good support from user community at zotero.org.

Getting Started with Zotero

  1. Download Zotero from zotero.org.
  2. Register for an account to access your research both on your computer and online.
  3. Configure Zotero's preferences.

 

To see a demonstration of the above steps, view the video below.


Zotero classes at Harvard

We have no Zotero classes planned in spring or summer of 2016. We'll post information about fall classes starting in August 2016. If you would like assistance with Zotero, please submit a request for a consult via the form on the first page of this guide or contact one of the specialists listed under "Getting help with Zotero."

Zotero at Harvard

Browse this guide to find out more about using and getting the most out of Zotero:

Zotero: A How-To Guide

Getting Help with Zotero

To learn more about about Zotero, send us an email at citationtools@hulmail.harvard.edu or contact a librarian directly from the list below. Although we list the areas of the Library where we're located, you should feel free to write to any one of us.

Emily Bell
emilybell@fas.harvard.edu
Consultations and workshops for FAS. 

Anna Esty
aesty@fas.harvard.edu
Consultations and workshops for FAS. 

Kristen Koob
kristen_koob@hks.harvard.edu
Consultations for Harvard affliates and workshops for HKS; particular interest in using Zotero on tablets. 

Carla Lillvik
carla_lillvik@harvard.edu
Consultations for Harvard affiliates and workshops for HGSE.

Amanda Strauss
amanda_strauss@radcliffe.harvard.edu
Consultations and workshops for both Harvard and non-Harvard affliliates; particular interest in using Zotero for archival research.

Hugh Truslow 
truslow@fas.harvard.edu
Consultations for Harvard affiliates and workshops for FAS; particular interest in collaborative and multilingual issues.

Keely Wilczek
keely_wilczek@hks.harvard.edu
Consultations for Harvard affliates and workshops for HKS.