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An introduction to Zotero

Introduction - What is Zotero?

What is Zotero?

Zotero is a reference management application designed to store and manage references. You can also use Zotero to create citations in your documents and create bibliographies, in your chosen citation style.
Zotero can save you  time by helping you organise and keep track of your research and in the preparation of your work.

What is special about Zotero?

  • Zotero will do website Scrapes – it will look at a website and take the data from that site into Zotero and build a reference.
  • Zotero is free and open source, so you can download it to a number of computers and keep using it after you have left university.
  • It is very easy to use.
  • It has a browser plug in (for Firefox, Chrome and other browsers)  - so your references are conveniently accessible while doing online research.
  • Supports a large library of citation styles.

The Three versions of Zotero

Zotero for Firefox

Zotero is embedded within Firefox as a browser extension. It offers the most reliable operation along with all available features.

Zotero Standalone

This is a desktop application that can be downloaded and installed on your computer. It is useful if you don’t have the internet,  or if you don’t use Firefox. It is compatible with Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Opera browsers (NOT Internet Explorer).

Zotero Online Account

This is the cloud based version of Zotero. You can log into it and create an account easily. Use the online account  to sync your Zotero library to the cloud and between computers. It also allows for sharing of references between accounts.