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Zotero citation manager: About

Simplify research with this free tool for organizing and citing your sources.

What Zotero does

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Zotero (pronounced "zoh-TAIR-oh") is a free citation manager that works within your web browser to collect, manage, and cite research sources.

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.

Quick start

Here are some ways to get started with Zotero:

  • Read this guide - the tabs above will walk you through the steps.
  • Watch short tutorial videos on the Zotero website.
  • Hands-on learner? Download Zotero now and start exploring - if you get stuck, come back to this guide or ask a librarian.

Workshop handout

PDF version of the handout distributed in our Zotero workshops

Alternatives to Zotero

Here are some alternative citation managers:

Subject Guide

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Many thanks to Jason Puckett for creating the Georgia State University Library's Zotero guide, which is the source of much of this guide's content!