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Reasons for using Zotero

  1. It is open source software and therefore free (to a point - you may need to purchase cloud space).
  2. It is easy to use and there is plenty of online support from the creators of Zotero.
  3. It has been created by staff at a higher education institution who understand the needs of researchers. 
  4. It can be embedded into the researcher workflow from the literature searching stage, to keeping updated via RSS feeds and right up to the writing-up stage.
  5. It is compatible with Windows, MacOS and Linux and is interoperable between systems.
  6. It runs in thirty different languages.
  7. You can access your data indefinitely.

Zotero vs Mendeley and EndNote


Creative Commons License

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 of the Zotero user interface.What 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 - which can be used to navigate through the guide. 

Accessible written instructions are provided below.

Referencing Help

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More referencing information can be found in the following LibGuides:

You can also find guides for the following referencing software:


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