Last modified on January 14th, 2019 at 4:38 pm



Description and Overview

Zotero is a free citation management software that allows the user to collect, organize, cite, and share research.

Great for

Managing citations, Producing bibliographies, Organizing research, Producing citation

Classroom Uses:
  • Organizing research
  • Creating annotated bibliographies

Free, up to 300MB of storage

Ease of use

Medium – training helpful but not required

Set Up Time


Getting Started

Begin by creating an account at Zotero.org. Then, download the program to your computer. It is also helpful to install plugins for your preferred web browser (Firefox or Chrome) for quick citation saving.


A screenshot of a Zotero Library: 

Additional Notes
  • Citations are stored in the cloud, and will sync across your devices. 
  • Can pay to increase cloud storage
  • Mobile users: there is no Zotero app, but apps like Papership will sync with your Zotero library, and you can install the Zotero bookmarklet on your mobile browsers.
While tools have been evaluated for accessibility standards, it is up to you to verify that created works meet accessibility guidelines at your institution. For more information, contact your campus Disability Services department.

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