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BRR 200: Science and Research

What is Zotero?

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Zotero is a free tool that collects, manages, and cites research sources. It's easy to use and lives in your web browser where you do your work. Zotero can be downloaded as a StandAlone version that works with the Chrome or Firefox browsers. In this tutorial I will be using images from an installation of StandAlone Chrome, but other browser versions are very similar. 

Zotero allows you to attach PDFs, notes, and images to your citations, organize them into easily searchable collections for different projects, and create bibliographies using Word (for Mac or Windows) or OpenOffice using any of over 10,000 citation styles. 

References can be added to a Zotero library in many different ways:  directly from databases, journal websites, Google Scholar, or a library's catalog, by reference file import (for example from an EndNote library), by dragging in PDFs from your hard drive, and by entering them manually.

Learn About Zotero

Refer to this Zotero guide to see step-by-step instructions on how to use Zotero. This guide uses screenshots and text to walk you through how to use Zotero. The tabs on the left side of the page guide you through a variety of Zotero topics. If you learn better with videos, use this video tutorial, which breaks down the steps of using Zotero into short video segments.