Some of the information in this Zotero LibGuide was created by Marie Sciangula, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 United States License.
Zotero is a free, open source, easy-to-use Firefox add-on (and now works with Chrome and Safari) that helps you to collect, manage, cite, and share your research sources. It lives right where you do your work - in your web browser. Designed to be intuitive and unobtrusive, Zotero is a powerful and handy tool for any academic.
Zotero works on all three major operating systems: PC, Mac, and Linux.
Ready, Set, Zotero - Kyle Denlinger's excellent introduction to Zotero on Youtube
Click Below to see online tutorials from Zotero:
The Zotero Quick Start Guide - A great overview of Zotero's main features
Zotero is a production of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University and is funded by the United States Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
How Zotero Works
Zotero is comprised of three components:
- Translators - Interpret meta-data from websites, databases, videos, images, etc.
- Styles - Choose from over 20 standard citation styles and add more if necessary.
- Storage - Zotero lives in your browser using your Firefox profile; you are automatically given 300MB of free storage!
Once you get Zotero installed on your Firefox browser, look for the Zotero icon on the lower right side of the browser.
What does "Zotero" mean?
'Zotero' is based on the Albanian word "zotëroj," which means “to acquire, to master,” in terms of learning.