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ZOTERO Citation Manager: 1. Introducing Zotero

What is Zotero?

Zotero is a free software that enables you to collect citations as you do your research.  You can build a library of books, articles, websites, mulitmedia files, images, etc., from which you can create in-text citations and reference lists in any of the 1,771 citation styles Zotero currently supports.  Once you have established your research collection, Zotero allows you to save, organize, stylize and share your library.

Zotero is a powerful tool that will streamline the citation process for you as you write by opening in your word processing software and allowing you to choose items from your library to insert into your manuscript already formatted in your chosen citation style, automatically generating your bibliography.  It doesn't get any easier than that.

Why would I use Zotero?

You would use Zotero to:

  • Avoid plagiarism by making organization and citation of materials automatic.
  • Facilitate your research by relying on Zotero to store and format your materials.
  • Build a knowledge base you can access anywhere you can log into Zotero.
  • Share your research and work in groups.

How do I begin using Zotero?

Click on the tab at the top of this page to begin the downloading and installation process.

How do I begin using Zotero?

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