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Citation Management : Zotero

A guide for all things citation management.

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What is Zotero?

Zotero is a free citation management program that helps you collect and organize your research information.

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Tips for Getting Started with Zotero

Add References

Option 1: Enter manually
  • Click on the green plus icon on the Zotero Tool Bar
  • Select material type
  • Enter information in the pane on the right hand side of the Zotero window
Option 2: Direct Export from your favorite database (in general)
  • Make sure the Zotero application is open
  • Conduct a search and click on the Zotero icon in your browser toolbar (it will be a book icon, a folder icon, or a paper icon)
  • Item will be saved immediately in your Zotero library. Drag the reference to the appropriate Zotero folder
  • You can also export a citation using the RIS file option if available

Write a Paper

  • The Zotero Word Plug-In should have downloaded automatically
    • Note: To install manually, go here.
  • Open Word. The tool bar will be under add-ins on a PC or view toolbars on a MAC
  • Place your cursor in your document where you would like the citation to be.
  • Choose the citation style then click OK. A large Zotero search box will appear.
  • Search for your citation and hit the return button.
  • To insert the bibliography into the paper, click on the third icon on the tool bar: insert bibliography

Create a Bibliography

So easy!

  • Highlight one or more references in your Zotero library
  • Right click (or control-click on Macs) to select  'Create Bibliography from Selected Item(s).'
  • Select a citation style for your bibliography format and choose an output format.