What is Zotero?
A free plugin most commonly downloaded as a Firefox extension that helps you collect, store, and organize references for books, journal articles, websites and other materials and then use those references to produce citations and bibliographies.
Use Zotero to:
- import references directly from many journal article databases and online library catalogs like HOLLIS
- capture date-stamped snapshots of websites
- retrieve metadata or pdfs already stored on your computer
- format in-text citations, endnotes, and footnotes in Word or LibreOffice
- produce a properly-formatted bibliography in hundreds of styles including APA, MLA, and Chicago
- assign tags or attach notes to references
- create an easily accessible space for collaborative research
Note: Zotero may also be used with the Chrome and Safari browsers or as a standalone tool, however this guide will focus on using Zotero as a Firefox extension.
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Table of Contents
Step 1: Install & Configure
Step 2: Collect Citations
Step 3: Organize Research
Go Beyond the Basics
Where to Get Help
Ask a Librarian
E-mail a librarian with your Zotero question(s):
Zotero is not a commercial product, so there is not a dedicated support staff available by phone or e-mail. Instead Zotero provides support through:
Citation Style Guides