What is Zotero
Zotero (pronounced "zoh-TAIR-oh") is a free tool you can use with Firefox, Safari or Chrome that collects, manages, and cites research sources. It's easy to use and lives in your web browser where you do your work. Zotero allows you to attach PDFs, notes and images to your citations, organize them into collections for different projects, and create bibliographies using Word (for Mac or Windows) or OpenOffice.
References can be added to a Zotero library in many different ways: directly from databases, journal websites, Google Scholar or the library catalog, by reference file import (for example from an EndNote library) and by entering them manually.
Start by downloading Zotero to your computer. Click the red download Zotero icon below to install Zotero on your computer. You will receive several prompts that will walk you through the installation process. Click "install now" and you'll be on your way. Finish by restarting your browser.
You'll know you've successfully downloaded Zotero if you see an icon like this on the bottom of your browser window (unless you have chosen to use the Stand-Alone version). When you click on this icon, it will open your Zotero library.
You'll probably also want to download and install the Microsoft Word citation plugin (or the OpenOffice plugin if you're using OpenOffice). These allow you to easily cite items from your Zotero library in your papers.