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Zotero: Citation Management and Research Organization Tool

Using Zotero to collect, organize, and share citations


Looking for a robust research management tool?  Zotero is a free, open source software for collecting, organizing, citing, and collaborating.  Whether you're on a web page or in a research database, Zotero recognizes citeable information, and keeps your citations and research synched across devices. You can use it to organize your research, and, paired with your favorite productivity software, generate bibliographies, footnotes, and in-text citations.

Basics for getting started:

  1. Download and install both the application and the browser connector.
  2. Open the application on your computer and use your web browser to search a library database or the web for an article.
  3. Click on the Zotero icon in your browser toolbar to add the citation for that article or page.  The icon will look different depending on your browser and the type of source you are saving.
  4. When writing a paper using Word, Google Docs, or LibreOffice, you will have options to insert citations and format your bibliography.