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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.

Zotero 5.0 (a Unified Zotero Experience)

Zotero has launched Zotero 5.0. Starting with the release of Zotero 5.0, Zotero for Firefox and Zotero Standalone have been replaced by a single standalone application for users of all browsers. A new Zotero Connector for Firefox, similar to the extensions available for Chrome and Safari, allows saving to the Zotero application or in a single click.

News for Zotero for Firefox users

If you’re using Zotero for Firefox, you’ll be automatically upgraded to the new Zotero Connector for Firefox , and you’ll need to install the standalone Zotero application — either 4.0 or 5.0 — to access your data going forward.

News for Zotero Standalone users

If you’re already using Zotero Standalone, you can continue using Zotero as you were before — with some new features available in the Zotero Connector for your browser.

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.