Zotero: An Introduction

Learn about different software to help save, organize and cite your research.


Zotero is free, open-access tool that allows you to save, organize and cite your library research.  This guide is designed to help you get started using this resource.  To learn more in-depth information, be sure to watch our video tutorial series and explore Zotero's website to learn all of Zotero's features.

Is Zotero right for you?

  • Do you use different computers when doing research?
    • Zotero allows you to create an online account, so you have to access your work anywhere you have internet access.
  • Do you need to share your research with others?
    • Zotero allows you to create or join groups to collaborate remotely.
  • Do you need to occasionally work without internet access?
    • Zotero has a desktop version.  You can sync your desktop library with your online account when you have internet access and are able to login to your account.
  • Do you like to mark up documents that you read?
    • You can add notes to and highlight documents. 
  • Are you using the Office 365 cloud-based version of Word?
    • You will not be able to use the Word plug-in to generate citations
  • Are you fairly "tech savvy"?
    • Zotero hosts a forum to assist users with troubleshooting issues with Zotero.  If you are not comfortable troubleshooting minor software issues, Zotero may not be the best tool for you. 

Zotero 6 video tutorials