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Zotero Citation Management: Home



Zotero is a free, open source browser app that collects, manages, cites, and shares your research sources. There is a browser extension that saves info and connects with the desktop Zotero (you need both desktop and browser extension).

Additional info and setup instructions at:  

For Zotero help contact:
Bill Kelm, or
John Repplinger,

Getting Started

Register, download Zotero and associated plug-ins using these links:

  • Zotero:
    Register for a free Zotero account  
  • Zotero:
    Download the appropriate Zotero and other add-ons for your computer  
  • Zotero Word Processor Integration:
    Download the word processor plug-in to cite Zotero items in your Microsoft Word and/or OpenOffice documents  
  • Zotero Mobile Apps:
    iOS and Andriod developers have been hard at work creating apps so that you can get the most out of Zotero on your mobile devices!
  • Zotero Bookmarklet
    The Zotero Bookmarklet is a bookmark you add to your browser to save the page you are reading directly to your Zotero library
  • Follow @Zotero on Twitter

Get Zotero


Zotero Chrome Add-on

Quickly download the Zotero Chrome Add-on:

  • Open Chrome
  • Go to the Zotero download site.
  • Install the standalone Zotero program and the Zotero Chrome Connector.
    • Note: if you are signed into Chrome with your Willamette Gmail account you may see this message:
      "We are sorry, but you do not have access to this service. Please contact your Organization Administrator for access."
    • You can simply sign out of your Google Account in Gmail to add the extension. 
  • Start collecting sources!

Zotero Firefox Add-on

Quickly download the Zotero Firefox Add-on:

How does it work?

Zotero is comprised of three components:

  • Translators - Interpret meta-data from websites, databases, videos, images, etc.
  • Styles - Choose from over 20 standard citation styles and add more if necessary.
  • Storage - Zotero provides you automatically with 300MB of free storage!

Once you get Zotero installed on your browser, look for the Zotero icon on the upper right side of the browser.

What does "Zotero" mean, anyway?
'Zotero' is based on the Albanian word "zotëroj," which means “to acquire, to master,” in terms of learning.


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Creative Commons License
This libguide was originally adapted from this Zotero LibGuide by Marie Sciangula and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 United States License.