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Zotero: Get Started / Install Zotero

Zotero is a free citation management tool to help you save and organize citations and automatically create formatted bibliographies.


This guide provides information on how to use the bibliographic management software, Zotero to capture citations using the U-M Libraries resources.

Introduction to Zotero

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Zotero Key Features

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  • Automatically extract citation information from websites, library catalogs, databases, and more.
  • Save PDF files, images, screenshots, and other files.
  • Record your research notes.
  • Automatically create formatted bibliographies in many different styles.
  • Use Zotero with word processing programs like Microsoft Word.
  • Sync the citations and files you save online.
  • Access your saved information from anywhere.
  • Share your saved information online with groups.
  • Use Zotero -- an open source tool -- for free.

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Citation Manager Comparison

Trying to figure out which citation manager is right for you? 

View this comparison of three citation managers: Endnote, RefWorks, and Zotero.