What is Zotero?

Zotero is a free, open-source citation tool that works with Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. 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

General Zotero Instruction Sessions, Spring 2019

Zotero Basics Friday, February 22, 2019, 1:30-3:00pm, Lamont B30.

Registration available Friday, February 8, 2019.

Zotero Basics Thursday, February 28, 10:30am-12:00pm, Cabot Instruction Room

Registration available Thursday, February 14, 2019.

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