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Zotero: to use or not to use?

The Newsam Library does NOT currently support Zotero.  However, you can still use the software on your own machines as it is available to download for free.  This guide will help you get started as it provides instructions on how to install and use Zotero, both as a Firefox browser plugin and as a standalone system.

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This guide is created by Jason Puckett and licensed by Georgia State University Library under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

Content on Note Hound has been created by Graeme Summers   and must be used under the same license if you are reproducing any part of this guide.

About Zotero

Photo by Karin DalzielWhat Zotero Does

Zotero (pronounced "zoh-TAIR-oh") is an open source referencing package.  Zotero collects, manages and allows you to cite references.  In other words, Zotero will help you get organised, save time, collaborate - all for the price of £0 (unless you want to purchase space on their server which we do not recommend).  You can also attach PDFs, notes and images to your citations, organize them into collections for different projects, and create bibliographies.

It automatically updates itself periodically to work with new online sources and new bibliographic styles.

Using This Guide

This guide has several tabs - at the top of the page. Use these to navigate through topics.

Zotero Quick Start Guide

A Quick Start Guide is available on the Zotero website which will do exactly what it states, get you started on using this referencing software.

Referencing Help


More referencing information can be found in the following LibGuides:

You can also find guides for the following referencing software:


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