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What is Zotero?

Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.  It automatically senses content in your web browser, allowing you to add the content to your Zotero libraries with one click.  All resources collected are stored in a single searchable interface that is either connected to your Mozilla Firefox web browser or accessible through a standalone software (if your preferred web browser is not Firefox).[1]

[1] Zotero. Rou Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. Retrieved from

Zotero Components

Desktop App

The Zotero desktop app is your personal citation library. You can sort items into folders (or collections) and tag them with keywords. The app is available for download on Mac, Windows, Linux 32-bit, and Linux 64-bit platforms. 

Zotero Browser Connector

​The Zotero browser connector is the main way in which all resources are saved into your Zotero library.  As you access different types of resources - books from the NOBLE catalog, journal articles, web content, etc. - Zotero will automatically sense the content within your web browser and present the appropriate resource-type saving options so you can quickly import the citation into your Zotero library.  All citations will save into the general “My Library” folder or the folder you currently have selected in Zotero. You can drag and drop citations to specific folders once they have been saved.  

Word Processor Plug-in

The Word Processor Zotero Plug-in allows you to create, insert, and edit citations and bibliographies saved in a Zotero library. When the plug-in is installed for your Microsoft Word, Google Docs, and LibreOffice, all features will be available on the “Add-Ins” tab.  


Download Zotero

Watch the video below for help getting started using Zotero.