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Zotero Citation Software: Home

Use your Firefox web browser to gather, store, and create citations for your research papers. Capture and save research sources and export them into a word document in the citation style of your choice.

Zotero Workshops

Contact Tracy if your class or department would like to request a session.

Or, request library instruction from Milne Library's Instruction Request page.

 

Becoming an Über-Efficient Researcher
Using the Zotero Firefox Extension allows you to use your web browser to gather, store, and create citations for your research papers. Learn to capture and save research sources and export them into a word document in the citation style of your choice.

Register for the workshop on SUNY Geneseo's GOLD Program website.

Zotero Handouts

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

About Zotero

Photo by Karin DalzielWhat Zotero Does

Zotero (pronounced "zoh-TAIR-oh") is a free piece of software that collects, manages, and cites research sources.

Zotero allows you to save PDFs, notes and images to your citations, organize them into collections for different projects, and create bibliographies using Word or OpenOffice. It is easier to use than EndNote and surprisingly powerful.  You can also create groups and share your research with others.

Using This Guide

This guide is several pages long -- use the tabs across the top to navigate through topics, or the "Print Entire Guide" link in the bottom right to print the whole thing.

Zotero Quick Start Guide

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

Getting and Installing Zotero

Option 1: Zotero for Firefox

Zotero will run on any operating system. It requires Mozilla Firefox 3.0 or greater. Installation only takes a few seconds.

To install, go to http://www.zotero.org/ and click the red "Download" button. Click "Install Now" and follow the instructions.

If you see the message “Firefox prevented this site from asking you to install software on your computer," click "Allow".

Restart Firefox and you're all set! You'll see a small Zotero button at the bottom of your Firefox window.

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

 

 

Option 2: Zotero Standalone

  • You prefer Safari or Chrome to Firefox
  • You prefer to run Zotero in its own window instead of in the browser

Zotero Standalone (unlike Zotero for Firefox) runs as a separate program instead of part of your web browser.  It works with Firefox, Chrome and Safari.

Download and install Zotero Standalone just as you would any other program. You will also need to install the Connectors to allow your browser to save items to your Zotero library.

You can install both Zotero Standalone and Zotero for Firefox and use both on the same computer.

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

 

Other browsers

If you're using Internet Explorer or a mobile browser, you can still save items to your Zotero library. A free Zotero account is required.

The Zotero Bookmarklet works with all desktop browsers and most mobile browsers (including Safari for iPad and the Android browser).

Visit the Zotero Bookmarklet page for installation instructions for your particular browser or device. You won't have to install any software -- just the bookmarklet!

License

Creative Commons LicenseThe template for this guide originally created by Jason Puckett and licensed by Georgia State University Library under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License. Any part of it may be used for noncommercial purposes as long as credit is included.  Derivative works can be licensed under Creative Commons to encourage sharing and reuse of educational materials.