What is Zotero?

Zotero is a free, open-source citation tool that works with Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. 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

We have no more Zotero sessions scheduled for the fall. Check in with us in 2019 to see the spring schedule. In the meantime, use the form below to connect with Zotero-experienced librarians.

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