Zotero is an application that collects, managers, and cites research sources. It works in any OS, connects with your browser, and is free to use.
You can attach PDFs, notes, and images to your citations, organize them into collections for different projects, and create bibliographies.
To use the full functionality of Zotero, you need to do three things before you start your research:
With the Zotero app, you can organize citations. You can capture citations with a Zotero Connector plug-in (see below), by exporting them from research databases, or creating them manually.
The Zotero Connector allows you to easily capture citations from research databases and web sites. See Saving Citations for how to do this.
Integrating Zotero with your word processor will allow you to embed formatted citations and automatically build bibliographies in your essays. See Creating Bibliographies for how to do this.
This video will help you get started.
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This guide was originally created by Jason Puckett, Online Learning Librarian at Georgia State University Library. It is used under a Creative Commons-Attribution-Noncommercial License.
This guide is offered for use under a Creative Commons-Attribution-Noncommercial License.