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Zotero Guide: Getting Started

A guide to Zotero, the wonderful free open source citation manager.

Welcome to Zotero!


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Zotero is a free, open source citation management system that helps you collect, organize, and format references from a wide variety of sources. It automates the citation and bibliography creation process in your chosen style, streamlining your research and writing and ensuring consistency and accuracy in your references. It's easy to set up and easy to use, and because your account is not tied to your university affiliation, you can keep your Zotero library no matter where you go after Gonzaga.

Zotero is a dynamic and powerful research tools that allows you to:

  • store articles, videos, and online books all in one location;
  • attach personal notes to item records;
  • tag items for greater searchability;
  • share your research with a community;
  • cite your sources in any of more than 10,000 styles;
  • much more!

This guide will walk you through how to get set up with a Zotero account and how to use the various features. 

Need help? Contact librarians Nicole Gustavsen or Anthony Tardiff, and/or follow Zotero's troubleshooting protocol.

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