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Zotero: What is Zotero?

A guide for using Zotero, a free, browser-based citation manager




  • Zotero is free to download and use
  • It works with Firefox but NOT with Internet Explorer
  • You have to download and use Firefox first --Zotero is a Firefox Extension

Download Mozilla Firefox.

Download Zotero.

Zotero is an easy-to-use citation managaer that works as an extension to your Firefox web browser. Zotero allows you to import references from the Library's many electronic databases and the library's catalog into a bibliography in whichever citation style you prefer. You can conveniently compile a list of sources you intend to read--as you identify them--and save the list online. 

Thanks to Gavin Ferriby, Ph.D., University Librarian, Sacred Heart University for his help with this guide.

Why do I need Zotero?

Zotero is a free, easy-to-use extension to your Firefox web browser. Zotero allows you to import references from library databases and the library's catalog and compile a list of sources and save the list online.

Zotero stores citations of books, articles and websites for later use. It can create citations in many styles including APA, MLA and Chicago.  

Zotero  does not automatically correct citation errors. Please read and edit your citations carefully. No matter where the citation comes from, a particular style may require some formatting including capitalization and punctuation.

ABCs of Zotero

Zotero works on all three major operating systems: PC, Mac, and Linux.

Zotero tutorial

Zotero Quick Start Guide: The A, B, C's of "Z"

Zotero is a production of the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. It is funded by the United States Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Zotero screencast

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