Citation management using Zotero (intermediate)

Workshop description

Zotero is a free and open-source bibliography builder that helps you collect, organize, cite, and share your research. Create reference lists in APA, MLA, and other formats, and organize your citations with tags and collections. Anyone can get a Zotero account for free, and this workshop will tell you what you need to know to get started.

Software used

Zotero was developed as an extension for Firefox  to “live” right where you do your work—in the web browser itself. Zotero runs in its own pane within Firefox, separately from web pages, and scrapes information to populate your citation database. Zotero is free to download. You can download the most recent version for Mac, Windows, or Linux operating systems here:

NOTICE: Systematic downloading or harvesting of articles, citations, or metadata (e.g. using citation managers such as EndNote or Zotero) is strictly prohibited. You must contact (Permission is required, or a Text and Data Mining Package should be purchased.)

Workshop materials

  • Zotero is one of several common citation management tools. In this document, we compare the features of these different tools to help you pick the right option for your work.  Here is a citation management tools comparison table.

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