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Guide on this free citation manager


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This version of the guide was adapted for Rowan University.

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About Zotero

Zotero (pronounced "zoh-TAIR-oh") is a free application that collects, manages, and cites research sources. It's easy to use and connects with your web browser to download sources. Zotero allows you:

  • to save citations from library databases and catalogs and from websites
  • to organize your citations into collections
  • to create bibliographies and cite while you write; and
  • to attach PDFs, notes, and images to your citations.

Since Zotero is free, you can continue using it after you leave Rowan University.

Below is what a Zotero Library looks like on your computer:

Screenshot of a Zotero Library

Get Zotero

Zotero logo

Click the image above, or go to Then:

1. Download the Zotero application

2. Install a connector for your browser.

Installing Zotero

This video will show you how to get started.

Zotero workshop

Zotero workshop video (Georgia State University Libraries)

Workshop handouts