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.
Get Started with Zotero
Zotero Classes at Harvard
We will offer more Zotero classes in the spring 2023 semester. If you would like to learn about Zotero in the meantime, please submit an inquiry to the Citation Tools Help form in this guide.
Countway Library will be offering more Zotero workshops in Spring 2022.
Zotero User Group
Have you been using Zotero for a while? Would you like an opportunity to trade ideas with other Zotero users and learn more advanced user tips? Join our Zotero User Group meetings to learn about topics such as note-taking in Zotero, using Zotero in courses, and Zotero workflows with other productivity tools. Zotero User Group meetings will start with a brief presentation on an advanced Zotero user topic, then open up for general questions and discussion of any needs expressed by users present.
Our next Zotero User Group session will happen in February 2023. More information forthcoming at the start of the spring 2023 semester.
Interested in future sessions? Sign up for our Zotero User Group mailing list.
Virtual Zotero help
To get started with Zotero, follow the instructions to download and install Zotero.
Check out our new videos (2 minutes or less)!
- Import books from HOLLIS into Zotero
- Import articles from HOLLIS into Zotero
- Using Zotero with Word (create a bibliography)
Help from Zotero:
Zotero is open source. They have an extensive Zotero Documentation section with lots of helpful tips. They also have a robust user community. If you have a question, chances are good someone else has asked it and been answered. Check out the Zotero Forums or just Google it to find discussions.