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
Zotero Classes at Harvard
We do not plan to offer more Zotero classes in the spring 2021 semester. If you would like to learn about Zotero, please submit an inquiry to the Citation Tools Help form on the Citation and Research Management Tools at Harvard guide.
None scheduled at this time.
Virtual Zotero help
To get started with Zotero, try our step-by-step "Install and Set Preferences" instructions with screenshots.
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.