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Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use Firefox extension or stand alone system, that helps you collect, manage, cite, and share your research sources


Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use Firefox extension, or stand alone system, that helps you collect, manage, cite, and share your research sources. Zotero automatically senses content in your web browser, allowing you to add it to your personal library with a single click. You can add PDFs, images, audio and video files, or snapshots of web pages.

Use Zotero to:

  • organize your personal research library
  • share references with other researchers
  • cite resources from your library and easily change citation styles
  • generate bibliographies automatically with Word or OpenOffice
  • synchronize your research library across multiple devices

Get Started


  • Choose the Firefox extension, which embeds Zotero within the browser. This is the original way of using Zotero, and it offers the most reliable operation along with all of the available features.

Other Browsers:

  • Choose Zotero Standalone, a separate, browser-independent application. You will also need to install the Zotero connector for the browser of your choice (Chrome, Safari, or Opera).

Sync across multiple devices

In order to access your Zotero library from multiple devices, you will first need to create a free Zotero account

Then, enter your login information in the Zotero Sync Server section.

  • In Zotero click the gear icon
  • Select preferences
  • Click Sync and enter your log in information
  • If you don't want Zotero to automatically sync your data, disable automatic syncing by unchecking the “Sync automatically” checkbox