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 to plan to offer further Zotero workshops until the spring 2022 semester. In the meantime, if you need help with Zotero, please use the Citation Tools Help form on the Citation and Research Management Tools guide to request assistance.
HKS Library & Knowledge Services will be scheduling workshops open to the wider Harvard community starting in September. For HKS-only workshops, please consult our KNet calendar (HKS Login) or look for announcements in HKS Daily.
Getting Started with Zotero: An Alternative to EndNote - online workshop; please use the links below to register and receive the Zoom link:
Zotero: A Deeper Dive - online workshop: please use the links below to register and receive the Zoom link:
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.