Zotero is a free citation manager similar to RefWorks. This page offers information that will help you create and build a reference library, create and use groups to collaborate, and use Zotero to add properly format references in your papers.


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Zotero is a free reference management system where you can collect, manage, cite, and share research. They offer two options. One is an extension for the Firefox web-browser. The second is a stand-alone client. With the Firefox extension, it is compatible with any operating system that can install Firefox. The stand-alone client can be installed on Windows, Macs, and Linux operating systems, and does integrate into both the Safari and Chrome web-browsers along with Firefox. You can use it to store references, highlight and annotate webpages, and collaborate by using groups through Zotero's website. All your references will be saved to the Zotero server. You can access it through your online Zotero account. Zotero will also work with word processors, e.g MS Word, Openoffice, Word Perfect, and insert citations into research papers and create bibliographies from the citations.

This guide contains information on setting up Zotero on your computer, adding references, writing and citing, using Zotero in groupsmore advanced tips and a comparison between Zotero and the rival applications of RefWorks, Endnote and Mendeley.

While we at the Health Sciences Library provide full support for the rival applications of RefWorks and Endnote, if you have any questions, we are here to help via chat, email, or phone (919-962-0800).

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