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How to Use Zotero for Citation Management: What is Zotero?

A guide to downloading, installing, and utilizing Zotero, a free citation management tool with integrated browser and word processor features.

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Yes, technology is truly awesome. No, it isn't perfect. If you aren't sure what citation rules are acceptable for your project, check with your professor. Make sure you are using a reliable citation manual or a reliable web source for citation information based on current standards, such as the Purdue OWL Website

Zotero: an Introduction

Zotero is an application that helps users collect, manage, and record bibliographic citations. The program is free to download and use. Zotero acts much like EndNote or RefWorks, allowing users to import citations from library databases or collect them instantly while browsing the web. Users can tag individual citations, add notes, and organize citations in searchable folders. The program can also manage and store PDF files attached to citations. 

Zotero offers two extensions that simplify the research process. Zotero's browser integration allows users to capture articles and other web-based content into a citation form simply by clicking an icon on their browser while viewing the page. This citation is automatically added to the user's Zotero collection. The Zotero plug-in for Microsoft Word allows users to create in-text citations and bibliographies in a variety of styles in Word simply by clicking an icon that appears in the Word toolbar.

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