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Citation Management and Writing Tools: Zotero

A guide describing software to help with citation management, writing, and other parts of the research process.

Get started with Zotero

1. Download the software application AND the browser connector. 

an image of the zotero download page

2. Open Zotero. In your browser, search for an article in a database.

3. Click the Zotero icon at the top of your browser to save a citation from that page. It will look different depending on the number and types of citations listed.


4. While writing your paper, use the Zotero tab in Word to insert citations and a bibliography.

5. See the Zotero Quick Start Guide for more information.

Use Google Docs with Zotero

Use the Zotero Connector for Firefox or Chrome.

zotero icon in google doc

Note that you cannot transfer citations between Word and a Google Doc so it's best to insert citations only using Word or only using Google docs.

Learn more on the Zotero help page.