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Zotero: What is Zotero?

A brief introduction to using Zotero.

What is Zotero?

 

What is Zotero?

Zotero is a research and citation tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.

  • With Zotero, you can collect your research in a single, searchable interface by adding websites, Library database results, PDFs, as well as a variety of other content
  • Zotero can be utilized as an add-on to your Firefox web browswer
  • Zotero is free and open source

More About Zotero

More About Zotero:

  • Zotero is an easy-to-use yet powerful research tool that helps you gather, organize, and analyze sources (citations, full texts, web pages, images, and other objects), and lets you share the results of your research in a variety of ways.
  • An extension to the popular open-source web browser Firefox, Zotero includes the best parts of older reference manager software (like EndNote) — the ability to store author, title, and publication fields and to export that information as formatted references—and the best parts of modern software and web applications (like iTunes and del.icio.us), such as the ability to interact, tag, and search in advanced ways.
  • Zotero integrates tightly with online resources; it can sense when users are viewing a book, article, or other object on the web, and—on many major research and library sites—find and automatically save the full reference information for the item in the correct fields.
  • Since it lives in the web browser, it can effortlessly transmit information to, and receive information from, other web services and applications; since it runs on one’s personal computer, it can also communicate with software running there (such as Microsoft Word).  And it can be used offline as well (e.g., on a plane, in an archive without WiFi).

Citation Sources

Zotero is capable of creating citations using the following sources:

  • Books
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Websites
  • Journals
  • Films
  • Interviews
  • Lectures
  • Radio/TV
  • Encyclopedia
  • Photographs