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Citation Management with Zotero — About Zotero

Learn to use Zotero, a free, open-source citation management tool.

What is Zotero?

Zotero is a free citation management tool that allows you to...zotero logo

  • save and organize references to all types of sources
  • collect digital copies of sources, such as PDF files
  • share reference libraries collaboratively with other users
  • create bibliographies in a wide range of citation formats
  • cite sources automatically in Microsoft Word, Google Docs, and more

The Zotero website can be found here:

Should I use it?

Organizing and citing sources can be challenging. Zotero can help! Like any tool, it has a learning curve, but it's fairly intuitive and free to use. There is plenty of online documentation, and librarians can assist you with it, so it may be a good choice for you.

What if my references are already in Legacy RefWorks (or another citation management tool)?

It's relatively easy to export your references from another tool, like RefWorks. Again, there is online documentation and your librarians can help.

It's essential to note that any documents you've created using another citation management tool, such as Legacy RefWorks, will not be compatible with Zotero. You'll need to create new documents and insert new citations using Zotero.

Help with Citation Management

Questions about managing your citations? There are resources on the Help tab of this guide, and you can also contact me for assistance!

Citation Management Specialist

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Hilary Kraus
At present, I am on medical leave. I anticipate being back at work on July 11. If you need assistance while I'm away, you can contact our ask-a-librarian service. For urgent inquiries, please contact Sam Boss, head of Research Services.