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RHW 102 Dr. Alexandra Lossada - First-Year Seminar in Writing

A guide to help with exploring library resources.

What is Zotero?

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Zotero (pronounced "zoh-TAIR-oh") is a free and open source citation management tool that collects, manages, and cites research sources by analysing the content in your web browser, and saving it to your personal library with a single click. It's easy to use, works on almost any website, and best of all it's free! It allows you to:

  • attach PDFs, notes & images to your citations
  • organize references into collections for different projects
  • work with over 9,000 citation styles, including MLA, APA, Chicago, and more
  • automatically update to work with new online sources and bibliographic styles
  • index the full-text content of your library, enabling you to find exactly what you're looking for with just a few keystrokes.

Zotero Standalone and Zotero Connector (for Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera)

Zotero Standalone is a separate, browser-independent application. Because Zotero Standalone lives outside your browser, it lacks some advanced features. To realize the full capability of Zotero Standalone, you must also install a Zotero Connector, available for Chrome, Safari, and Opera.

Citation Styles

Zotero comes with several popular citation styles for creating citations and bibliographies, and over 9,000 additional styles can be added by clicking "Edit" and "Preferences". Then, under the "Cite" tab, you can select "Get additional styles...".

Zotero Citation Window

Then you can select from over 9,000 styles or search for a specific style.

Zotero Style Select


Use ZoteroBib if:

  • You can't (or don't want to) install any software
  • You don't need all the features of regular Zotero
  • You just need to create a one-off bibliography

ZoteroBib stores your work in the browser on the computer you're currently using. If you clear your browser cache, it deletes the bibliography. You can use the Link to This Version feature to create a version you can send to someone else.

Get more details about how it works here.

How does it work?

Screenshot of the Cite toolbar in ZoteroBib.

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In the "Cite" bar, enter either the URL for a web source, the ISBN of a book, the DOI or PMID number of an article, or the title of a source. (Numbers sometimes work better than titles.) If none of those work, you can click Manual Entry and fill in the blanks.

Your bibliography appears on the page as you add sources. Use the blue bar to choose your citation style.

Screenshot of a short bibliography generated by ZoteroBib

Delete a source by mousing over it and clicking the X button that appears to the right.

To create an in-text citation or footnote, click the copy button to the right of the source and enter the page number you're citing. Then click Copy Citation and paste it into your document.

Screenshot of the in-text citation function of ZoteroBib.