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An overview of Zotero, a free citation manager.

What is Zotero?

Zotero is a citation management tool built into your web browser -- Firefox, Safari, or Chrome -- that helps you collect, organize, and share citations.  Zotero also helps you create and format bibliographies and footnotes in a wide variety of citation styles (Chicago, MLA, APA, etc.) for your papers and research projects.  Zotero works with Firefox for PC, Mac, and Linux, and is compatible with MS Office and Open Office.

Zotero is freely available for download from

Compatibility with Library Databases

Zotero automatically captures citations from library catalogs, databases and web sites. 

View a complete list of compatible sites at Zotero.

Using Zotero with the Library Catalog

Zotero should recognize the Library Catalog and give you the option to import to your library.

You can also use the export to BibTex option. Save the BibTex export as a text file and then use the import option in Zotero.


Using FindIt! with Zotero

You can setup Zotero to use the Library's FindIt! service to locate full text of articles.

Step by step:

  1. Go to Zotero Preferences
  2. Select Advanced
  3. Under OpenURL, select Custom. Paste this URL into the box:
  4. You can now use the Library Lookup tool to locate full text articles. This should automatically include the proxy server.

Learning Online

Zotero is extremely easy to learn. Watch this brief archived webinar to get started with the Zotero software.

For further help with the software, Zotero's website provides extensive tutorials and guides to help you get started.