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Zotero Citation Management Tool

How to set up and use Zotero, a citation tool for saving, organizing, and formating references. Based on a guide by Marie Sciangula at SUNY Purchase

Getting Started

Download Zotero and associated plug-ins using these links:


Get Zotero

What is Zotero?

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Zotero is a free, open source, easy-to-use citation management program (with add ons for Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and Safari) that helps you to collect, manage, cite, and share your research sources. Designed to be intuitive and unobtrusive (it looks a lot like an iTunes library), Zotero is a powerful and handy tool for any academic.

Zotero works on all three major operating systems: PC, Mac, and Linux.

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Zotero is a production of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University and is funded by the United States Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

How does it work?

Zotero is comprised of three components:

  • Translators - Interpret meta-data from websites, databases, videos, images, etc.
  • Styles - Choose from over 20 standard citation styles and add more if necessary.
  • Storage - Zotero lives on your computer and includes cloud storage for citations and files

Once you get Zotero plugins installed on your browser, look for the Zotero icon in the toolbar of the browser.

What does "Zotero" mean?

'Zotero' is based on the Albanian word "zotëroj," which means “to acquire, to master,” in terms of learning.

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