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Zotero Guide: Getting Started with Zotero

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 lets you add items to your personal library with a single click. It works in much the same way as similar programs such as RefWorks and Mendeley, with the crucial difference that your account is not tied to your Gonzaga affiliation. You can keep your Zotero library no matter where you go after Gonzaga, and you'll never be asked to pay money to keep your account. As long as Zotero exists, your account will exist (unless/until you choose to delete it).

Zotero is a lot more than simply a citation management system. It is also a powerful research tools that allows you to:

  • store articles, videos, and online books all in one location;
  • attach personal notes to different resources;
  • tag items for greater searchability;
  • share your research with a community;
  • much more!

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

This is a recording of the April 19th, 2022, Zotero training session on Zoom led by Nicole Gustavsen (STEM Librarian) and supported by Candise Branum (Health Sciences Librarian) and Anthony Tardiff (First-Year Engagement Librarian). We cover how to get set up with an account and the appropriate software, how to use Zotero to gather citations from around the web and create bibliographies in any style, how to troubleshoot, and of course how to transfer your Refworks citations over to Zotero.

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