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Zotero - Free Citation Management System!

Cite in APA, AMA, MLA, Chicago, and so many more citation styles!

What is Zotero?

Zotero is a free citation management system, originally developed by George Mason University.  Use it to collect, organize, annotate, and cite sources in whatever citation style you need: APA, MLA, Chicago, NLM, AMA, and more, as well as journal-specific styles (over 10,000 styles are available). Zotero has a steep learning curve, so be prepared to spend time with it as you begin, knowing it will ultimately pay off! Bottom line:  Zotero is a huge time-saver and a great organizational tool for your research. 

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Installing Zotero and Creating a Free Account

To have your very own Free Zotero account, please follow these steps:

  1. Go to your favorite browser between Safari, Chrome, or Firefox
  2. Go to the Zotero download page:
  1. Download Zotero
  2. Return to the Zotero download page, and download the Zotero Connector for your browser
  3. Register for a free Zotero account at the following link

See the box below to make sure you downloaded both parts of Zotero!

Did you do 2 Downloads?

Make sure you added both 1) Zotero and 2) the Zotero Connector for your browser, or you'll only be halfway there!

Screenshot of Zotero download page indicating to be certain to download both Zotero and the browser connection


Video Tutorial: Installing Zotero

Getting Started With Zotero video tutorial (about 4 minutes) from Loyola Marymount University library on downloading and installing Zotero.

Video Tutorial: Cite Faster - Introduction to Zotero

Why Use Zotero?  Watch this brief (2-minute) Cite Faster: Use Zotero video tutorial to get a good idea!

Video Tutorial: Getting Started with Zotero

This Using Zotero video tutorial (about 15 minutes) from UNC Park Library provides information on

  • Downloading Zotero 
  • Learning the basics of getting started
  • Pulling in citations from various sources 
  • Organizing citations
  • Creating a bibliography