Zotero Guide


Zotero is a tool for organizing your research, storing documents, and creating formatted bibliographies, footnotes, and in-text citations.  Developed as an open-source tool by the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, Zotero is free to all users.

Download Zotero | The Zotero Interface | Add Citations to Zotero
Organize Your Research | Insert Citations and Bibliographies into Documents | Store Zotero Citations on zotero.org

Download Zotero

  • The Zotero Standalone program is downloaded from zotero.org/download.  
  • The connectors that link Zotero to your browsers so that you can import citations from the web are also downloaded from zotero.org/download
  • In addition, you can register for a free account on zotero.org and access your saved citations via your account. 
  • You can sync your citations from the Zotero Standalone program on your computer to your Zotero account online so that you can access them from any computer or mobile device.

The Zotero Interface

  • The Zotero interface has three columns:
    • The first column lists your folders, or collections, of citations/references (the Zotero documentation uses the words "citation" and "reference" interchangeably).
    • The second column lists the citations in the selected folder.
    • The third column gives information about the selected citation.

Add Citations to Zotero

  • Zotero can add citations for books from CLIO and other library catalogs, articles from most databases, and some websites.
  • You can attach PDFs, tags, images, and notes to your citations.
  • Zotero can create a citation from a downloaded PDF.
  • It can also take screenshots and make records from web pages.
  • Learn more...

Organize your Research

  • With Zotero you can organize your citations into folders (called "collections").
  • Store and search through PDFs.
  • Add tags and other organizational tools.
  • Learn more...

Insert Citations and Bibliographies into Documents

  • Zotero can integrate with Microsoft Word and open source word processors like LibreOffice and OpenOffice.
  • Add footnotes, in-text citations, and bibliographies in any citation style.
  • Learn more...

Store Zotero Citations on zotero.org

  • Sign up for a Zotero account and receive free space to store your citations.
  • Access and add to your Zotero citations from anywhere.
  • Collaborate with groups and publish your library online.
  • Learn more..

Last updated March 16, 2018

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