Zotero is a citation manager, a “free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.” For a fuller description, see Zotero’s home page. As of July 1, 2014 the Ohio University Libraries will no longer maintain a subscription to RefWorks; we will, instead, support Zotero.
With Zotero you can easily collect citation information as you search and then pull it out later as you are reading and writing. They also help you create citations.
There are three ways to use Zotero on your computer:
- Via a Firefox extension.
- Via Zotero Standalone and a browser connector (Safari, Chrome, Firefox) that will allow you to add content to Zotero. Note that Zotero does not support Internet Explorer.
- Via their website, by logging and viewing your library.
Zotero downloads are available at http://zotero.org/download. There are also numerous plugins and apps for mobile devices. You can also work with Zotero data via their website by logging and viewing your library.
Zotero will not be installed on the desktop or laptop computers in the University Libraries.
File Storage: each free Zotero account comes with 300 megabytes of file storage, to be used for citation information, PDFs, notes, etc. If you need more space, you can purchase it from Zotero for very reasonable rates.
Workshops: we will be offering three workshops on Zotero at the end of March:
To get started, view the related pages on our website, or take a look at Zotero’s Quick Start Guide.
Complete documentation is available at: http://www.zotero.org/support/start