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An overview of Zotero, a free citation manager.
Last Updated: Aug 21, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Learning Online

Zotero is extremely easy to learn. Zotero's website provides extensive tutorials and guides to help you get started.


Compatibility with Library Databases

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

View a complete list of compatible sites at Zotero.


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


Using Zotero with the Library Catalog

Zotero will import citations from the new Library Catalog, but some information may be missing, such as call numbers. We are working with the developers to improve this. In the interim, there is a manual process for importing more complete citations.

Step by step:

  1. Search the Catalog and mark the items you want to import
  2. Click "Export selected", which is near the top and bottom of your list of results.
  3. The default option is MARC, which is the format needed. Click export.
  4. Click download file. Save the file when prompted.
  5. Go to Zotero and click on Actions, then Import
  6. Locate the file you saved from the Catalog
  7. Click Open
  8. The citations  imported to your Zotero library.

You can also do this for individual items in the Catalog by clicking Export Record and following these same steps.


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.

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