Zotero helps researchers gather, manage, store, and generate citations and bibliographies. It is a free tool.

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Zotero ("zoh-TAIR-oh") is a free research tool that allows you to:

  • Collect & organize citations
  • Attach PDFs, notes, and images to your citations
  • Cite sources within your paper/thesis
  • Share Zotero libraries (folders)

It's easy to use, and best of all, it's free. Zotero works with Chrome, Firefox and Safari, which allows you to work directly from your web browser.  Learn more at Zotero.org.

Zotero at Smith

​Smith's three libraries (Young, Josten and Hillyer) have Zotero installed on all machines. Zotero is also installed in Smith computer labs.

Before using it you'll need to take a few steps:

  • Open the Zotero Download Page
  • Install the browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, or Safari
  • If necessary, restart your browser

Create a cloud-based Zotero account to sync / back-up your work.

This will allow you to easily use Zotero on any machine on campus and ensure that your entire Zotero collection travels with you.

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Creative Commons License (Some parts of this guide were adapted from Jason Puckett's LibGuide at GSU.)

Zotero Drop-in Hours

Drop in for help in Young Library, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Use Ask Us if you want to schedule time to set-up or learn about Zotero with a librarian.

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