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What is Zotero?

Zotero (pronounced "zoh-TAIR-oh") is a free, open-source citation-management service that helps students and researchers:

  • Collect and organize many types of references from online services such as article databases, Research@UWW and other library catalogs, Google Scholar, blogs, and other websites.
  • Store an unlimited number of references on your computer.
  • Capture PDFs from article databases and automatically attach them to the correct reference. 
  • Sync up to 300 MB of references and files with your online account and other computers for free. There is an option to purchase more storage space. 
  • Share references and collaborate with other Zotero users.
  • Create citations and bibliographies in a variety of citation styles.
  • Insert citations and bibliograhies into word processing documents.  Compatible with Microsoft Word, Open Office, and Google Docs.

Get started by creating an account with Zotero Online.

Getting Started with Zotero

A Cautionary Note

Warning: Citation managers and formatters are provided for your convenience only. Please use them with caution. They are not foolproof and do not guarantee correct results. Be sure to review the results to check for formatting, spelling, capitalization, punctuation, required elements, etc. for the citation style you are using.

Consult the appropriate official style manual for the definitive answer to your citation questions. The Library has online APA, MLA, & Turabian guides.

If you need help planning, composing, revising, or editing your paper, including reviewing your citations, the Campus Tutorial Center offers Writing Center drop-in hours on a first-come, first-serve basis at Andersen Library and the Mary Poppe Chrisman Success Center.

Andersen Library Writing Tutors Drop-In Hours (Fall 2023):
Mondays, 1-3pm (table near Reference Desk)

Mary Poppe Chrisman Success Center:
Mondays-Thursdays, 8:00am-9:00pm
Fridays, 8:00am-4:00pm

Schedule a one-on-one appointment for guaranteed assistance and individualized support: make an individual appointment under the "Writing" drop-down.