Q. What is Zotero?
Zotero is a free open-source software that is available on all library computers. You can download it on your own computer at the download section of their site. It consists of two parts: a program that you download to your computer that will allow you to organize and edit research sources that you are finding, and a browser extension that you install on whichever web browser you use most often to do research that will allow you to download citation information and pdfs for your library.
By creating a Zotero library you can
- Organize your research sources into collections, and add additional tags or references to further identify which sources fall into which categories.
- Take notes on those sources.
- Access citation information and notes on those sources both in the Zotero program you've downloaded and in your online library on the Zotero website
- Generate in-text citations and bibliographies of your sources using the online site or the Zotero program.
- Put in-text citations and bibliographies directly into your paper using the Microsoft Word plug-in or the LibreOffice plug-in.
Zotero is an extremely useful source that does a large percentage of your citation work, though you will still of course need to double-check them using the citation style guides available here.
If you want to learn how to use Zotero, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.