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 Workshops - 2018

Campus Center Room 102

Monday June 25​, 2-3pm

Thursday June 28, 2-3pm

Tuesday July 10, 11am-Noon

Wednesday August 1​, 2-3pm


Open to all students, faculty, & staff.

Bring your own machine.

If you don't have one, email jshaw@smith.edu and we will bring one for you!

Zotero Drop-in Hours

Campus center, First Floor

June 6--August 15

Wednesdays 1-4pm

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