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A Guide to Getting Started and Using Zotero

Getting Started with Zotero

Citation Style Guides

If you need more information or assistance with citation styles, check out the HJF LibGuides on citations listed below.

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What is Zotero?

What is Zotero?

"Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources," (, 2015).

"Zotero organizes your research into collections that act like iTunes playlists. Research items can be added to any number of named collections and subcollections, which in turn can be organized however you like. With saved searches, you can create smart collections that automatically fill with relevant materials as you add them to your library," (, 2015).

"Assign tags to your library items to organize your research using your own keywords. The tag selector enables you to filter your library instantly to view matching items. Zotero can even use database and library data to tag items automatically as you add them," (, 2015).

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Why does the HJF Library like and recommend Zotero?

Zotero is robust allowing for a lot of different features and ways to organize sources. It comes with browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox and Safari. It has a mobile friendly web interface that allows you to take your citations with you. One of the best parts is that it is open source and free to install and use the software. So anyone can download it and get started without them needing a subscription or to pay to use the software. Zotero does offer subscriptions plans in order to sync PDFs and other resources you are using for research to their database available should you wish to do that.

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