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Zotero: Get Started

A guide for using Zotero, a browser-based bibliographic citation system

Zotero at SHU



You need to know:

  • Zotero is free to download and use
  • It works with Firefox but NOT with Internet Explorer
  • You have to download and use Firefox first --Zotero is a Firefox Extension

Follow this link to download Mozilla Firefox.

Then follow this link to get Zotero.

What is Zotero?

Note: This libguide is out-of-date and very soon to be thoroughly revised.  In the meantime, if you need a more current explanation, please go to this guide by Jason Puckett (Georgia State University).

What is a citation? A citation....

  • describes a book, journal article, website, or other published item;
  • gives credit to the originator of an idea, thus preventing plagiarism;
  • enables the reader to retrieve the item you refer to;
  • includes the author, title, source (publisher and place of publication or URL), and date.

A citation manager is a tool which helps you to store, organize and output your citations in the format you prefer.  An organized list of citations is called a bibliography.

Zotero is an easy-to-use extension to your Firefox web browser. Zotero allows you to import references from the Library's many electronic databases and the library's catalog. You can conveniently compile a list of sources you intend to read--as you identify them--and save the list online.