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What is it?

Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.

Created and hosted by George Mason University.

Advanced Tips & Tricks

Groups in Zotero

The "Groups" feature allows you to share references with other Zotero users online. It's a great way to work on collaborative research projects.

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Endnote & Zotero

It's easy to use EndNote and Zotero together and take advantage of the best features of each, or to share libraries with colleagues. PDFs and other attachments do not export between programs, only citation information.

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Journal Feeds in Zotero

The "Feeds" feature allows you to subscribe to updates from all of your journals and automatically add relevant articles to your Zotero library. 

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Annotated Bibliographies in Zotero

Using custom citation styles designed specifically to output annotation, you can create annotated bibliographies from Zotero.

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Rich Text Formatting in Zotero

Using HTML codes in your Zotero library allows you to override the formatting our a citation style.

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Getting Started

To get started with Zotero, simply download and install

  1. the most recent Zotero software (for Mac, PC, or Linux)
  2. a plugin for your preferred web browsers (Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, or Opera).

You may also wish to set up a free Zotero account to back-up and sync your files across multiple devices.

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Adding Sources to Your Zotero Library

Zotero “watches” the pages you view to see if any of them contain citations to books, articles or other sources. When it identifies a source on the page, the Zotero Connector will display a type-specific icon near the address bar in the browser. 

Just click the icon and Zotero will automatically save the citation (and the full text of the source, if available) into your Zotero library. Notice that you have to have the Zotero software open on your computer for the import to work!

The Zotero icon in your browser will display in different places in different browsers:

Note: Like any citation manager/generator, in order for Zotero to produce accurate citations and bibliographies, it is extremely important that you ensure that each item is given complete and accurate metadata in the Zotero library, including classifying each as the correct item type. Often this will require manual edits. If Zotero contains incomplete or inaccurate information, your citations will be inaccurate.

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Adding Sources to Your Papers

After installling Zotero, you'll notice that there is now a "Zotero" tab in Microsoft Word on your computer. The tools on this tab allow you to automatically add your sources to your paper.

After you write a sentence that needs a citation, simply click "add/edit citation"  to add in-text citation (depending on what citation style you use, this may mean a parenthetical citation, footnote, endnote, etc).

After you are done with your paper,  simply click "add/edit bibliography"  to add your bibliography at the end of your paper. When you revise your paper, adding or removing more in-text citations, simply click "refresh" to update your bibliography.

More help  (adding page numbers, excluding author names, etc).

Need another citation style?

If you need a citation style not automatically included in Zotero, simply:

  1. go to the Zotero Style Repository
  2. search for the style you need (for example, MLA 8)
  3. with Zotero open on your computer, click on the name of the style you want to install.

The style will be downloaded and installed automatically.

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Want to know more?

This "Self-Guided Zotero Tutorial" will take you step-by-step through all of Zotero's features.

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