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Citation Resources: Zotero

A guide to bibliographic citation formats and citation management tools.

What is Zotero?

Zotero (pronounced "zoh-TAIR-oh") is a browser add-on that collects, manages, and cites research sources. You can attach PDFs, notes and images to your citations, organize them into collections, and create bibliographies.

It was originally designed for use with Firefox, but beta plugins work with Internet Explorer and Chrome, and both a stand-alone desktop application and a web interface enable you to manage and save citations on any computer.

See also this quick start guide published by the Zotero developers. Also available as a PDF.


Getting More Out of Zotero

Introduction to Zotero

Zotero has produced several great how-to videos on their site that demonstrate step by step how to use Zotero's features. This is a quick overview of how to save citations from the web:

Video on  Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share research.
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Using Zotero to Save and Manage Citations

Jason Puckett's book, Zotero: a Guide for Librarians, Researchers, and Educators, provides a thorough understanding of how Zotero can be used in your research. His Zotero LibGuide gives a comprehensive view of the features of the software and how to use it in your library research. Some highlights include: