What is Zotero?

Zotero is a free, open-source citation tool that works with Chrome and Firefox. It allows you to collect metadata that can be inserted into Word as citations and bibliographies.

Strengths of Zotero

  • Unlimited storage when you register using your Harvard email address.
  • Good at retrieving PDF metadata.
  • Easy import of citations via browser plug-in.
  • Automatically imports PDFs when possible.
  • Works well with non-traditional electronic sources.
  • Good support from user community at zotero.org.

Getting Started with Zotero

Use the Zotero: Getting Started guide to find out more about installing and getting the most out of Zotero.


Do you just need to produce a quick bibliography? Try ZoteroBib to create a bibliography quickly in a variety of citation styles without creating an account or installing any software.

Zotero Classes at Harvard

Upcoming HKS Workshops

We will be scheduling workshops In August. Members of the HKS Community will be able to find them in KNet for more information.

Upcoming FAS Workshops (Zotero Basics, open to the Harvard community)

We do not plan to schedule any more Zotero Basics classes until fall 2020. If you would like to schedule a class for a group you are affiliated with, or if you would like to learn how to use Zotero, please feel free to submit a question or request through our help form on our Citation and Research Management Tools at Harvard guide.

Upcoming Countway Workshops

Countway will be offering workshops this semester. Check their Classes & Events Calendar for updates or contact Ask Countway.

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