Download Zotero. Zotero is a citation management program for your desktop with cloud storage online. Zotero helps you collect and organize your research information, including books, articles, chapters, news, archives, and more. With Zotero, you can manage citations; take notes; save, organize, and annotate PDFs; insert citations to a Google Doc or Word document; and create a bibliography.
There are many ways to add citations to your Zotero library. Three popular methods are described below. For additional options, see the documentation from Zotero.
Recommended: Start by creating a new "Collection" for each research project or topic. Read more about how to create a new "Collection".
Add citations with the Zotero Connector plugin
The Zotero Connector is a great way to save books from Quicksearch: Books.
Export citations from a database
Enter citations manually
When you download Zotero and the Zotero Connector plugin you will also enable integration with Microsoft Word and Google Docs to add citations and update a bibliography as you write. Brief instructions are provided below, or view the documentation from Zotero.
Follow the instructions below to get started using Microsoft Word:
1. Open Microsoft Word. From the Zotero tab in the tool bar, select "Add/Edit Citation."
2. After adding at least 1 citation, you can now insert a bibliography. From the Zotero tab in the tool bar, select "Insert Bibliography."
3. When you're ready to share your document, you will need to disconnect the citations from your Zotero library. This action cannot be undone. To preserve a linked copy with your sharable document:
Alternatively, you can save your document as a PDF, which will automatically unlink your citations.
March 2022: Zotero 6 is now available!
Learn more about Zotero 6. Updates include:
Upgrade from within Zotero by going to Help > “Check for Updates…”.
February 2022: Yale Library subscribes to unlimited file syncing storage for Zotero.
Make sure you have signed up for a Zotero account with your @yale.edu email address. If you previously registered for Zotero with a different email address, you can add your @yale.edu address to your Zotero account for access to unlimited storage.
Verify that your @yale.edu account has unlimited storage by going to: Settings > Storage > Current Plan
The Zotero Connector plug-in will also enables integration with Microsoft Word and Google Docs. Brief instructions are provided below, or view the documentation from Zotero.
Note: If someone views your active Google Doc without having the Zotero Connector installed they can still read and/or edit, but active citations will show up as links leading to URLs. Once saved, you cannot re-link citations.