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Zotero: Overview

Open Source Citation Management Tool

Zotero (pronounced "zoh-TAIR-oh")

  • Collect, manage, and easily cite your research sources
  • Save PDFs, attach notes and images to your citations, and organize citations into collections for different projects
  • Add sources via a web browser extension
  • Free with up to 300 MB of storage

Getting Started in 3 Steps

To use Zotero, you'll need to:

  1. Download the Zotero application 
  2. Download a connector so your browser can save citations to Zotero
  3. Create an account 

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What are Connectors?

Zotero uses connectors to save citations to your Zotero library from your web browser. 

  • Each browser has its own Zotero connector, so if you use Chrome, Firefox and Safari you'll need to install all three.
  • The Zotero downloads page will automatically detect what browser you're using and give you a link.