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

To get the most out of Zotero, use the Zotero: Getting Started guide. It will walk you through installation and configuring the tool to work with Harvard Library resources..


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

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.


Upcoming HKS Workshops (open to the Harvard community)

None scheduled at this time.


Upcoming Countway Workshops

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


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)!


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.

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