Zotero is a free citation manager. This page offers information that will help you create and build a Zotero library, create and use groups to collaborate, and use Zotero to add properly formatted citations to your papers.

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This guide contains information on setting up Zotero, using Zotero, Zotero with Word and Google Docs, Zotero Groups, Zotero for Mobile, ZoteroBib, and a comparison between Zotero, Sciwheel, and Endnote.


Zotero is a free citation management system where you can collect, manage, cite, and share research. You can use it to store citations, highlight and annotate webpages, and collaborate by using groups through Zotero's website. All your citations will be saved to the Zotero server.

Zotero works similarly to other citation management systems in that a browser-independent desktop application is used to access and organize your citations. The Zotero application can be installed on Windows, Macs, and Linux operating systems.

Along with the desktop application, Zotero also offers a browser extension (the Zotero Connector) that can be installed into the browser of your choice (Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Opera) from the Zotero download page. The browser extensions allow you to easily add items from web pages to your Zotero library by clicking on the extension button to the right of the browser search bar. 


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