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Zotero: Citation management tool: Zotero

Guide explains how use the citation management tool: Zotero

What is Zotero:

  • Zotero is a free-open source software tool managed by the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.
  • A citation and research tool that allows you to collect, organize, and cite sources from across the web.
  • A free, open source research tool that can be downloaded as a stand stand-alone application and added to Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer as a web browser extension.
  • Zotero can detect and add full-text articles in your library with a single click. 


What Zotero can do for you: 

  • Collect, organize, and cite pdf’s, journal article, periodicals, images, audio, and videos. ​

  • Allows you to add content with a single click with your browser extension.

  • Extract reference information, such as author, title, publication, and year.

  • Generate abstract reports.

  • Take screenshots of websites.

  • Export information as a formatted citation to word processing application in MSword, Google Docs, and Open Office.

  • Keep your information up to date by syncing your desktop application with your web account.

Zotero and your data

Data Collection

When accessing the site Zotero will collect:

  • IP address
  • Type of browser
  • Zotero collects the library data you provide if you choose to synchronize your library with the Zotero servers.


  • Zotero will use the data collected to improve their services. ​​​
  • Zotero does not sell the data collected to third parties 


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