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An introduction to Zotero, an open-source tool for managing research.
Last Updated: Mar 27, 2015 URL: http://guides.library.tamu.edu/zotero Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Who Can Use Zotero?

Freely available, Zotero can be used by anyone without subscription or membership fees. You will need to register for an account to begin using the tool.

300 MB of storage are included with the free account; additional storage may be purchased.

 

First Steps

[Box drawn from Syracuse LibGuide: http://researchguides.library.syr.edu/zotero]

Other Citation Management Tools

Texas A&M University has purchased access to both RefWorks (owned by ProQuest) and Endnote (a Thomson Reuters product).

The RefWorks tool is available for A&M affiliates, including former students. For more information on RefWorks, including the process of setting up an account, see the Libraries' RefWorks Guide.

Endnote software can be obtained at no charge by A&M students, faculty, staff, and departments, thanks to a campus-wide site license purchased by the Libraries, the Office of Graduate Studies, and Computing & Information Services. For details, see the Libraries' EndNote Guide.

 

What is Zotero?

Zotero (pronounced "zoh-TAIR-oh") is a free research tool created to help collect, organize, share, and cite sources.

Zotero was developed primarily as a Firefox plugin. It has since been integrated with Chrome, Opera, and Internet Explorer browsers, and made available as a standalone software. Broswer integration makes it easy to save and annotate sources while searching online. Zotero was developed at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.

 

What Does Zotero Do?

Zotero's features include:

  • Web-browser integration: the ability to add sources detected when you are viewing diverse sources (including websites, library catalogs, and PDFs) online, using plugins for Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, and Chrome. In addition to storing a link to the source, Zotero will store files, notes, and attachments, as well as snapshots of web pages.
  • Multiple methods for organizing sources: sort sources into collections and subcollections ... but also add tags that will let you group items outside of the folder structures. More advanced users might create "smart collections" that automatically populate via saved searches as sources are added to your library.
  • Indexed source lists: Zotero will index the full-text content of your sources, allowing you to search across all of the items in your source library.
  • Citation generation: with thousands of publication formats available, Zotero lets you customize the style of your citations.
  • Word and Open Office integration: allows for citation lists to be created within these word processors via plugins.
  • Syncing across devices: avaiable as a standalone, downloadable program and as a web-based system, Zotero allows you to sync your sources across multiple computers and transfer your library to new devices.
  • Sharing: Zotero groups allow the option of either private or public libraries to be shared across groups. As an open-source  product, Zotero provides a home for researchers to publish their resource lists and to find others in their discipline or who share interests. 
 

Need help?

Zotero Team

Sarah Potvin

spotvin@library.tamu.edu


Sarah LeMire

slemire@library.tamu.edu

 

Acknowledgments

Many thanks to librarians at Syracuse, Johns Hopkins, and Georgia State, who generously granted permission to adapt their Zotero LibGuides.

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