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Managing Your References: Zotero

Zotero Support

Please explore the following links for helpful Zotero training resources.

What is Zotero?

Zotero is a free tool that you use to collect citations, store them in a library and insert them into your essay or thesis quickly and easily. Zotero can harvest information from databases and other webpages at the click of a button, making it easy to store and use a wide variety of information. It allows you to share library content with other users.

The free version of Zotero gives you up to 300mb in library space online. You can purchase more space if needed at a minimal cost.

Zotero works with Firefox, Chrome and Safari web browsers, and is available as a stand-alone desktop tool.

For more information on Zotero go to

Compare Zotero with other reference managers.

Zotero - What can it do



Build a library:

With Zotero you can capture:

  • Bibliographic data from:
    • Online databases
    • Google Scholar
    • Other library catalogues
  • Webpage snapshots

You can also:

  • export bibliographic data from online databases and other reference management software.
  • import files saved as Zotero RDF, BibTeX, RIS, or Refer/BibIX.

Go to: Zotero Support - Getting stuff into your library to learn how to do this.

Build bibliographies:

With Zotero you can cite references and create bibliographies in MS Word and Open Office using a Zotero word processor toolbar.

To enable you to use Zotero with MS Word or Open Office install the toolbar by clicking here.

For a list of citation styles available see here.


Zotero Get it

Click on the links below to download and register a copy of Zotero.

Download Zotero

Register Zotero


Zotero Tech Info

The following links will tell you if Zotero will work on your machine, how to install it, and how to get help if you should run into trouble.

Installation instructions

Help and Troubleshooting