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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.

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.

View Zotero video tutorials

View Zotero how-to documentation

To get Started                        

Go to and click on the red Download button.

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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.