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Last Updated: Mar 30, 2014 URL: Print Guide Email Alerts

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What is Zotero?

Zotero is a free, simple plug-in (for Firefox) or a standalone program (with browser extensions to Google Chrome and Safari) that collects, stores and organizes references for books, journal articles, websites and other materials that you've collected and then automatically converts those references into a properly formatted bibliography. It is fairly easy to use, reliable, and well-documented. Zotero can:

  • import references directly from many of Georgetown University databases
  • create a properly-formatted bibliography that conforms to your selected output style, including APA, MLA, Chicago/Turabian, or any one of hundreds of other formats
  • format in-text citations, endnotes, and footnotes in the documents you are writing
  • serve as your own searchable reference database
  • organize references into custom groups, enabling you to track your sources by topic, course, book chapters, or other criteria of your choosing
  • capture snapshots of websites
  • attach notes to references, create standalone notes
  • sync your library to "My Library" on the Zotero servers to save your work

Alongside tracking literature citations, Zotero stores downloaded or links to Acrobat pdf files or any other types of files on your computer.


    Getting Started

    Zotero is available as both a free Firefox plug-in and as a free standalone software used with Safari and Google Chrome.

    You can download Zotero from

    Choose either...

    • Zotero for Firefox. You will also need to download the Word Processor Plugins.
    • Zotero Standalone (Windows, Mac, Linux). If you choose the Standalone version you also need to download one of the connectors for either
      1. Safari or
      2. Google Chrome, make sure you use that browser to download it. 
      3. These will allow you to make references from webpages and capture a snapshot of the site. 

    Note: While Georgetown librarians provide training in, and consultation about, the general use of Zotero and compatible databases, they do not provide IT support or assistance with technical issues involving your computer, browser, or word-processing software. For assistance with such issues, consult Zotero's documentation and its user forums. Most questions can be answered by either of these.

    Once installed, Zotero lives in the bottom right of your browser in the Add-on Bar.   


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