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Introduction to Zotero, a citation manager .


Zotero is free open source software, available for download on your computer or used online via the web. You can download on multiple devices and Zotero automatically synchronizes your data.

  • Access: Zotero has both a cloud based version or a standalone software version that you can download to your computer (PC or Mac). Sign up for a free account and Download Zotero. Users can sync between desktop software and an online account.
  • Storage: Zotero provides 300MB of free online storage and desktop storage is dependent of your computers capacity.
  • Direct Export & PDFs: Send PDFs and citations to Zotero using a browser extension. Store PDFs, files, images, links, and whole web pages for easy retrieval.
  • Citation Styles: Many popular citation styles with the ability to easily download additional styles.
  • Cite while you write: Using the Zotero citation plugin you can create in-text citations, footnotes, and bibliographies in Microsoft Word, Google Docs,  and LibreOffice. Users can also generate a quick bibliography of selected citations directly from Zotero.
  • Help: Find more information at Zotero Documentation.