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Organizing Your Research: Zotero

This guide provides an overview for organizing your research using the bibliographic reference tools EndNote and Refworks in addition to a detailed how-to guide on Mendeley and Zotero.



Zotero was developed by a team of librarians at the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.  It is a free research tool that is downloaded as an extension of the Firefox browser.  Its latest feature, Zotero Anywhere, includes a standalone component and plug-ins for Chrome, Safari and Internet Explorer.  Zotero's cloud service provides easy access to your library through automatic synchronization across multiple computers.

Using Zotero, you can:

  • Use drag and drop technology to import citation metadata by clicking on the Zotero item image in the Firefox (or other browser) location bar.
  • Import website metadata and capture screenshots.
  • Share research with other through Zotero Groups and Zotero People.
  • Use the cite as you write application that imports in-text citations into MS Word, Mac Word, OpenOffice and Google Docs.
  • Create a timeline.
  • Assign shortcut keys
  • Apply tags for organization.
  • Access your research library online and offline.

Zotero Tour

Quick Bibliographic Demo

Quench your Curiosity!

Want to learn more about Zotero?  Check out the book written by Jason Puckett, the Librarian for Communication and Educational Technologies at Georgia State University.