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

We will be scheduling workshops In August. Members of the HKS Community will be able to find them in KNet for more information.

Upcoming Countway Workshops

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

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

Learn to set up Zotero and use it to keep track of your research; organize your pdfs; create bibliographies in a flash!- and more.

Click on the date for more details and to register and receive the Zoom link. All times are Eastern Time (ET).


Wednesday, September 23, 2020
12:15-1:15 ET

Friday, September 25, 2020
10:45-11:45am ET

Monday, September 28, 2020
3:15-4:15pm ET

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
7:45-8:45pm ET


Wednesday, October 7, 2020
4:45-5:45pm ET

Tuesday, October 13, 2020
12:15-1:15pm ET

If you are unable to attend any of these sessions, would like to schedule a session for a class or group, or have specific or more advanced questions about Zotero please submit an inquiry to the Citation Tools Help form on the Citation and Research Management Tools at Harvard guide.

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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