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Zotero, a free citation tool, makes organizing and citing your sources an easy process.

  1. What is Zotero?
  2. How do I download Zotero?
  3. How do I use Zotero?
  4. They don't have the styles I want!
  5. I still have questions!

What is Zotero?

Zotero is free citation tool that lets you store and organize your research sources. It is available as a Firefox plugin and a standalone application for Mac, Windows, and Linux. If you're using Chrome or Safari, Zotero also offers connectors that allow you to save items to Zotero's standalone application from those browsers as well.

Once you've gathered your sources, you can use Zotero with your word processor to add citations and a bibliography. Zotero has plugins for Microsoft Word, OpenOffice, NeoOffice, and LibreOffice. 

How do I download Zotero?

You can download browser plugins and the standalone application from Zotero's downloads page. Scroll to the section under the "Downloads" header.

To use Zotero with your word processor, download the appropriate word processor plugin. Plugins are available for Microsoft Word, OpenOffice, NeoOffice, and LibreOffice. Installing a word processor plugin allows for easy insertion of citations and bibliographies.

How do I use Zotero?

Zotero can be used in a number of ways. Using Zotero in a browser allows you to automatically add sources to your library, including metadata such as the title, author, or abstract. You also have the ability to manually add sources that Zotero doesn't already have the information for, including websites, books, journals, artwork, statutes, or a number of other item types.

To access your Zotero library, click on the Zotero icon that appears in the bottom right section of your browser window (after installing Zotero for Firefox, or Chrome or Safari plugins). You can also open the Zotero applications from your Applications folder if you've installed the standalone version.

You can manually add sources by opening your library and clicking the small green icon with a plus sign in the top of the window. If you're on a webpage that Zotero can automatically add as a source, a small icon that looks like a piece of paper will appear in the right side of your address bar. Clicking this will automatically add the source to your library.

Zoter's website provides a comprehensive quick-guide.

If you need help using it with your word processor, check out Zotero's word processor plugin usage guide.

They don't have the styles I want!

Zotero has over 2,000 additional styles available from the Zotero Style Repository. For more style support, see Zotero's Citation Styles support page.

I still have questions!

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