Introduction to Zotero

Getting Started with Zotero

What is Zotero and what can it do for you?

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Zotero (pronounced "zoh-TAIR-oh") is a free tool that collects, manages, and cites research sources. It's easy to use and lives in your web browser where you do your work. Most commonly, Zotero is downloaded as a Firefox extension, and that's how we will talk about Zotero in this tutorial.  However, Zotero can also be used with the Chrome and Safari browsers or used as a standalone tool.  Zotero allows you to attach PDFs, notes and images to your citations, organize them into easily searchable collections for different projects, and create bibliographies using Word (for Mac or Windows) or OpenOffice using any of over 2800 citation styles. 

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), by dragging in PDFs from your hard drive, and by entering them manually.