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Organize, annotate, and cite your sources with Zotero

  • We recommend Zotero because it's free, open-source, and easy to use
  • Use Zotero's browser plug-in to save a citation (with attached .pdf) from any web page
  • Use folders and tags to organize materials by task (include in paper, read later, etc.)
  • Once your citations are in there, Zotero can format a works cited list for you in a matter of seconds
  • Use your Harvard email address to get unlimited storage for .pdfs (you have an additional 1 TB of storage via Microsoft OneDrive)

Format and export citations from library databases

  • In HOLLIS:
    • use the quotation-mark icon to format the citation in MLA, APA, or Chicago style
    • use the pin icon to save records so you can export them in bulk to your email or to Zotero
  • For temporary lists and bulk exporting, expect library databases (EBSCO, ProQuest, ec.) to have a citation and/or export function: look for "folder," "save," or "reading list"
  • For longer-term storage and organization, always export citations to an independent system, such as your email, Zotero, or a Word document

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