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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

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Registering for a Free Zotero Account

Registering for a Zotero account is easy! To create your account, simply choose your desired username, provide your email address, and designate a password. Once you're account has been created, you'll be able configure your profile settings (everything is optional). If you'd like you can provide your real name, location, and choose your disciplines. You can also share your affiliations, bio, website, and upload a picture of yourself, like so.

By registering for a free account, you'll be able to sync your Zotero library between multiple computers which will allow you to access Zotero from any computer with internet access.

Zotero's newly overhauled web interface is better than ever. Access your resources by logging in to your account at from any computer, regardless of which web browser you're using. You'll be able to edit, manage, and create new Zotero library items there, as well.

Zotero profile

Using the New Zotero Website

Zotero's website has been completely updated to allow you to not only view your Zotero Library but also create and manage items through the website, using the editing icons above your list of resources or by clicking on an individual item. Just as you can edit any metadata using your Zotero pane within your browser, you can edit your Zotero resources right through Zotero's website. As always, you can view any attached items through the web interface.

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Editing an item in your Zotero library:

editing an item within your Zotero library at the Zotero site