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Citation Management

Getting Started with Zotero

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Zotero is an easy to use citation manager.  It can help you collect, save, and organize a variety of resources.  The web version is connected to your browser.  It is designed to do research in the digital world, and can accurately sense the type of material being viewed. Since it is open source there are a number of 3rd party tools associated with the application.

To get started:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on Download
  3. Choose either Zotero 5.0 for Windows/Mac/Linux or Zotero Connector for Firefox/Chrome/Safari
    (Zotero 4.0 for Firefox/Windows/Mac/Linus and Word Processor plugins also available)
  4. Open the downloaded package

CLICK HERE for Zotero's Quick Start Guide.

Zotero Support

Georgia State University's Zotero Guide

Zotero Style Repository


  • Imports Metadata from a catalog, website, or database
  • Allows you to save and organize this metadata
  • Allows you to enter that information into documents and works cited pages
  • Has a drag and drop interface
  • Works inside your browser or as a standalone program
  • Can tag items
  • Can save static copies of web pages 
  • Can sync accounts on multiple computers
  • Has an interface to work with both Microsoft Word and Open Office
  • Has a number of plugins which enhance functionality (


  • Requires a supplemental account to get full functionality through the SYNC
  • Need a web account to use on multiple computers