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This guide provides a basic overview and introduction to using the Zotero citation manager.

About Zotero

Screenshot of Zotero desktop client, linked to

Zotero (pronounced "zoh-TAIR-oh") is an application that collects, manages, and cites research sources. It's easy to use, connects with your web browser to download sources, and best of all it's free.

Zotero allows you to attach PDFs, notes and images to your citations, organize them into collections for different projects, and create bibliographies.

Get Zotero

Zotero logo, link to download page

Click the image above, and:

1. Download the Zotero application

2. Install a connector for your browser.

Zotero Documentation

Zotero at the Library

The library's computers do not have Zotero installed on them, so you'll need to take a couple of steps before using it:

  • Open the Zotero download page.
  • Install the browser extension for Chrome, Safari or Firefox.
  • If necessary, restart your browser.

Make sure to back up your work to your Zotero account or flash drive -- any work you do on PennWest's computers will be erased when you log out.

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