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A guide to setting up and using Zotero for research


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Zotero is a free, open source, easy-to-use citation management tool that helps you to collect, manage, cite, and share your research sources.

Zotero Features

3 of the most useful features of Zotero for college students are:

  • Save citations from databases, websites, and library catalogs.

  • Cite sources "in-text" as you write

  • Automatically create reference lists in most styles (e.g., APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.)

    • In Word, Google Docs, or LibreOffice

Zotero also enables you to:

  • Collaborate with other users using Groups

  • Attach PDF's, images, web page snapshots, and reading notes to your citations

  • Manage, organize, and categorize references into collections and sub-collections and by using tags

  • Utilize search feature to find your references

  • Create a bibliography and export to other platforms

  • Export your references to another system at a later date if you so choose