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Reference Management Tools: Zotero

A Comprehensive Guide for EndNote, Mendeley and Zotero

Introduction Video for Zotero

Zotero's features and capabilities (3:11)

Related Library Workshops

LS054  Exploring Features of Mendeley and Zotero
LS039  Citing References and Avoiding Plagiarism

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Zotero is a free, open-source tool that helps you to collect, manage, cite, and share your research sources.  This is the only research tool that automatically senses content in your web browser like Firefox, Chrome and Safari.  It can work as an extension embedded in Firefox or operate as a standalone application.

When compared to EndNote, Zotero is particularly robust in capturing references from webpages.  It has a consistent interface between Windows and Mac OS too.

Major Functions:

  • Organize and manage references
  • Create and format in-text citations and bibliographies instantly
  • Import citations from PDFs, databases, library catalogues, websites with snapshots and more
  • PDF management and annotation
  • Collaborate with other researchers
  • Work on your references anytime, anywhere
  • more features

Download Zotero

Getting Started

About Installation...

You can install Zotero as an extension in Firefox, or download the "standalone" version for Windows or Mac OS:

To start using Zotero...

If you downloaded the standalone version, simply launch the application after installing.


If you downloaded the Zotero extension for Firefox, please refer to the following steps to launch the Zotero:

To Learn More...

Please refer to the following sections for other topics:

Add References
Insert in-text Citations
Manage References
Other Functions