Zotero Reference Manager
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What is Zotero?
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If you want to use Zotero with another browser, or if you want to use it with Firefox as a free-standing application, you'll need to download the standalone version for your platform of choice (Windows or Mac). Make sure that you also download the appropriate connector file for whichever browser you normally use (Chrome, Firefox, or Safari).
Both versions of Zotero and the connector files can be downloaded from Zotero.org.
Adding Items to Zotero
When you click on the icon, information about the item you are viewing will be automatically entered into your Zotero library.If the page or other resource you want to save does not register with Zotero as a bibliographic source, you can add the item manually using the "new item" button (the green circle with a plus sign), and choose the type of resource that you want to add. This menu allows you to add non-web-based resources such as printed books, letters, and documents.
Once you have selected the appropriate document type, details about the document may be entered in the right-hand panel.
When an item has been entered into your Zotero library, not only do you have the link to an item, but Zotero can save a snapshot of the page. You'll find this option under the "Add Attachment" button. This is useful if you want to capture a web page as it appears today, for instance the front page of a news site on the day of an important event.
Once you have items saved in Zotero, you can create a bibliography from your items by selecting the items you want to include, right clicking, and choosing "Create Bibliography from Selected Items."
Using Zotero Across Multiple Computers
Zotero 1: Importing Citation Data
Zotero 2: Formatting References
Zotero 3: In-Text Citations
- organize your Zotero library using folders and tags
- integrate Zotero with your word processing software
- search within your library
- add notes and attachments to your references
- create reports from your library