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DELA Library Orientation: 5. Zotero

What is Zotero?


Zotero is a citation manager. It can help you organize your research by storing citations (and even full text) for the articles you find. You can then use these citations to automatically generate a bibliography, formatted to whatever citation style you choose. You can even sync your Zotero account with Microsoft Word and drop citations directly into your Word document, and then generate a bibliography for everything you've cited in the text.

Zotero looks like a big, complicated program, but it's actually easy to use and very useful. Start by watching this video:

For a more detailed look at Zotero, check out Foley's Zotero Guide, here:

Get Your Hands Dirty!

  1. Create an account, and install the Zotero app to you device
  2. Install Zotero Connector in your browser, and use it to grab the info of an article you find in a library database
  3. Create a Collection in Zotero and move a reference into it
  4. Change your citation style within Zotero (go to Preferences and choose the Cite tab)
  5. Copy a bibliography and paste it into a Word Processor
  6. Use the Zotero ribbon in Microsoft Word to add an in-text citation and generate a bibliography

Quiz Yourself!