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Library 101 Citation Management Tools

Background Information

Zotero logo

Zotero is a free tool you can you use to:

  • gather, save, and organize bibliographic data (and PDFs!) as you're doing your research
  • create a bibliography as you're writing your paper
  • share your research sources with colleagues, or the world

Your Zotero account can be synched across multiple devices, so you can begin work on one computer and then switch to another, or to a mobile device. 

Which version should I choose?

Download Zotero from the download page.

1. Zotero for Firefox.  According to the online FAQ this is the original way of using Zotero, and it offers the most reliable operation along with all of the available features.  

2. Zotero Stand alone.  Does not offer all of the features of the browser version.

Further infomation and installation instructions

Useful Guides

Zotero & Word

Use your Zotero references in a Word document:

  1. Install Zotero desktop
  2. Zotero in the top tool bar and open Preferences.  Click on Cite and install the Word Add-in 
  3. In your Word document, position your cursor where you would like the citation and click Add-ins
  4. Click on Insert Citation and search for your reference.  Select the reference and click ok.
  5. To add a bibliography, position your cursor where you would like the bibliography and click Insert Bibliography.