Intro to Zotero


Zotero is an open source and free citation management system.  The program resides within your browser and is designed using the one click function to store citation information.  Zotero can be used to store information related to websites, sound records, pictures, and more (including pdf storage). It also formats in text citations and bibliographies in your written documents.

Quick Start Installation

Some useful information can be found here:

Good introductory Zotero videos:

For adding in text citations you need to download the word_processor_plugin:

Other links

While we fully support Zotero, feel free to chec out these other useful guides to Zotero:

Some Things to Consider


  • It is easy to use and free
  • Works with Firefox, Chrome and Safari browers.
  • Works with Mac OSX, Windows, and Linux
  • You can set up an account for online syncing
  • It has an add-in for Microsoft Word and OpenOffice for in text citation
  • Will store audio files, images, pdf's and more


  • Does not work with Internet Explorer.
  • Must pay for extra online storage space (300 mbs free).
  • Zotero for Firefox and Zotero Stand Alone work best on your own computer (no way to log in/log out, so not redommended for public computers).
  • Syncing is not the same as backing up your data. Zotero recommends that if you are working on a large document, you back up your library file manually
  • Editing output styles is difficult.