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Zotero: About Zotero

Information on using Firefox's citation-management add-on, Zotero.

Zotero Tutorials

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.

More Zotero Screencast Tutorials


Creative Commons License
This guide is adapted from content created by Jason Puckett and licensed by Georgia State University Library under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License, as well as content created by the Graduate Library at the University of Michigan.

It is used with permission.


About Zotero

Photo by Karin DalzielWhat Zotero Does

Zotero (pronounced "zoh-TAIR-oh") is software that collects, manages, and cites research sources. It's easy to use, lives in your web browser where you do your work, and best of all it's free. Zotero allows you to attach PDFs, notes and images to your citations, organize them into collections for different projects, and create bibliographies.

It automatically updates itself periodically to work with new online sources and new bibliographic styles.

Using This Guide

This guide is several pages long -- use the tabs across the top to navigate through topics.

Zotero Quick Start Guide

See also this great guide published by the Zotero developers themselves. Also available as a PDF.

Getting and Installing Zotero

Zotero will run on any operating system and works with Firefox, Chrome, and Safari web browsers.

To install, go to and click the red DOWNLOAD NOW button.


  • Choose 'Zotero #.# for Firefox'.

Chrome & Safari

  • Choose the appropriate standalone client for your operating system.
  • While in your browser of choice, choose the appropriate Zotero Standalone Connector. It should install automatically.

If you have any problems, check the Zotero installation page.

You'll probably also want to download and install the Microsoft Word citation plugin (or the OpenOffice plugin if you're using OpenOffice). These word processor plug-ins allow you to easily cite items from your Zotero library in your papers.

Zotero Blog

News from the official Zotero blog.

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