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:
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Add any kind of source or research material to Zotero by capturing it from the web, importing it, manually adding it. You can add books, articles, media, images, websites, anything with metadata. The Zotero documentation provides detailed instructions.
As you add items to Zotero, it creates your "library" of items. These items can be organized into collection folders that you create. You can add tags to items, and your entire library of items is searchable.
Using Zotero, you can generate a formatted bibliography of any items in your Zotero library, or you can insert in-text citations, footnotes, and reference lists into your paper while you are writing it.