Zotero helps researchers gather, manage, store, and generate citations and bibliographies.

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About Zotero

NEW!  The libraries have added a subscription to Zotero Unlimited Storage to allow Smith researchers to save files such as PDF documents with unlimited personal and group cloud storage. Be sure to include your Smith gmail in setting up a profile.

Zotero logoZotero ("zoh-TAIR-oh") is an open-source research tool that allows you to:

  • Collect & organize citations
  • Attach PDFs, notes, and images to your citations
  • Cite sources within your paper

Why use it?

  • It's easy to use, and best of all, anyone can download and use it.
  • Use Zotero with Chrome, Firefox and Safari
  • Work directly from your web browser
  • Choose a style; add references to Word or Google Docs

Find full support and documentation at Zotero.org. Check out the Quick Start Guide.

Zotero Support at Smith

A quick introduction to Zotero, what it is, and how it can help make your academic life easier.

For RefWorks Users

To migrate from RefWorks to Zotero before February 2024, users will need to:

  • Use Ask Us to connect with a librarian for help
  • Download and set up a Zotero account on your computer
  • Prepare to EXPORT your citations from RefWorks
    • Consider exporting each folder separately
    • PDF's and other files cannot be exported directly

In RefWorks

  • Select Items or a Folder
  • Use SHARE and <Export References>
  • In the pop-up box, set Format as RIS
  • Use EXPORT to download a .ris file

In Zotero on your computer

  • Use FILE and <Import>
  • Choose to import a File (RIS, etc.)
  • Select the export file (downloaded from RefWorks)
  • Choose options and finish