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An introduction to Zotero

What is Zotero?

Zotero is a reference management application designed to collect, store, share, manage and cite references. 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 scrape websites to create records.
  • 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.
  • Supports a large library of citation styles.
  • ​Has a single standalone application for users of all browsers. The Zotero Connector for Firefox, Chrome or Safari, allows saving to the Zotero application or in a single click.

​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.

Which reference manager is right for you?

If you're not sure which reference management program is best for your needs, check our Gettting Started with Reference Management Guide and the How to Choose a Reference Manager page.