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Zotero (“zoh-TAIR-oh”) is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.

It allows you to easily gather and share reference information, and to incorporate that information into your footnotes and bibliographies. It is also completely free, and developed by an international community of developers and scholars which shapes its future roadmap.


  • Free and easy to use!
  • Attach PDFs, notes and images to your sources
  • Organize collections for your different research projects
  • Create bibliographies and insert footnotes using Word or OpenOffice
  • Automatically updates to work with new online sources and new bibliographic styles

Intro Video

See this video on the Zotero site for a quick (3:11) overview of its features.

Installation and Usage Guides

See the pages listed below for further documentation.

  • Zotero tutorial videos - Zotero has produced several great how-to videos on their site that demonstrate step by step how to use Zotero’s features.
  • Zotero blog - Official blog of the Zotero project, great for current news on the project
  • Zotero site - Home page for the Zotero project