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

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

Upcoming HKS Workshops

  • Wednesday, February 5, 2020 
    HKS Library Instruction Room (Littauer G-14) 
    [RSVP required] 
  • Monday, February 10, 2020 
    HKS Library Instruction Room (Littauer G-14) 
    [RSVP required] 
  • Friday, February 14, 2020 
    HKS Library Instruction Room (Littauer G-14) 
    [RSVP required] 
  • Friday, February 14, 2020 
    HKS Library Instruction Room (Littauer G-14) 
    [RSVP required] 

Members of the HKS Community: see KNet for more information on workshops.

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

Upcoming Countway Workshops

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