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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 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 on PCs, Macs, and Linux systems, and is compatible with MS Office, Google Docs, and Open Office.

Zotero is freely available for download from

Compatibility with Library Resources

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

View a complete list of compatible sites at Zotero.

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

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.


Just need to create a quick bibliography? You can use ZoteroBib to look for citations for books or articles, and create a bibliography in standard styles in just a few steps.

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