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Getting Started with Zotero

Quick tips and helpful links for managing citations with Zotero.


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[Updated 07/30/2020]

What is Zotero?

Zotero is an open source citation manager that describes itself as a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share research. Available for Mac, Windows, and Linux, it integrates with Word, LibreOffice, and Google Docs, and supports thousands of citation styles.

Zotero has very robust documentation. If you don't find what you need on this quick guide, be sure to check the official documentation. If you would like one-on-one assistance, you can schedule an appointment to meet with me.

Just need a quick bibliography?

Want to generate a single bibliography without downloading and learning a new program – and without being bombarded by advertisements? Zoterobib is a new tool from the folks at Zotero, and it does just that.

Want hands-on help?

The ISU Library offers hands-on workshops for Zotero on a semi-regular basis. Check the schedule each semester to see if one's coming up!

If there isn't a workshop scheduled at a time you can attend, schedule an appointment to meet with a librarian!

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Erin Thomas
150 Parks Library
Iowa State University
515 294-9886