Zotero - Collect, Organize, Cite, and Share References

Introducing Zotero

Zotero, is a no-cost bibliographic management tool that runs on the Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. Zotero can: 1) organize references in multiple folders; 2) store references and files on Zotero's web site; 3) format in-text citations and post-text references according to many bibliographic styles; 4) display references on a public web page; and 5) import metadata from library subscription databases and public web sites. 

NOTE: With the release of Zotero 5.0, the plugin version of Zotero for Firefox is no longer available. Only a single Zotero Standalone program running on the Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux operating systems is available, with connecting software for whatever browser(s) you choose to use,  i.e., Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Safari.

Setting up a free Zotero account gives you:

1.  unlimited storage space on Zotero’s servers for your metadata (information about your sources, e.g., author, title,   publisher, etc., including your text notes);

2.  up to 300 MB of storage on Zotero’s servers for PDF and image files. You can purchase more file storage space--$20/year for 2 GB, $60/year for 6 GB, $120/year for unlimited.

You can choose to just store your source metadata on the Zotero servers and NOT store any files there.

On any computer where you install desktop Zotero, you can configure Zotero to sync your desktop data (and files, if you choose) with the content stored on Zotero’s servers.

Downloading and installing Zotero Standalone
(Also requires you to download/install Zotero Connector plugins for those browsers you use among Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera)


Screencast Tutorials from Zotero.org:


Documentation from Zotero.org:


Mastering Zotero: A User Guide for the Zotero Reference Manager (Sebastian Karcher and Rintze M. Zelle)

Mastering Zotero will be a comprehensive user guide for the Zotero reference manager. Writing has just started, and entries on many topics still need to be written.


Understanding Zotero - Nicholas Cifuentes-Goodbody


YouTube Video Playlist

Zotero Guides from Other Libraries:

http://guides.library.harvard.edu/zotero​ Harvard University Library

http://guides.library.oregonstate.edu/c.php?g=359201 Oregon State University (Hannah Rempel)

http://libguides.wsulibs.wsu.edu/zotero Washington State University Libraries

http://research.library.gsu.edu/zotero Georgia State University (Jason Puckett)

Library Guy

Keith Stanger
Eastern Michigan University Library
955 West Circle Drive
Room 100G
Ypsilanti, MI 48197


Request an appointment