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Citation Management: Tools & Alternatives


Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is an open source tool that offers to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. It collects all your research in a single, searchable interface. You can add PDFs, images, audio and video files, snapshots of web pages, and really anything else. Zotero automatically indexes the full-text content of your library, enabling you to find exactly what you're looking for with just a few keystrokes. It also works with Google Docs.

Creating an account

  1. Go to
  2. Enter your information.
  3. Click on register if you agree to their Privacy Policy & Terms and Conditions

Download & installation instructions


  1. Go to:
  2. Click on the red "Download Now" button
  3. Select "Download Zotero for Windows" [Optional: you can also download a browser extension for Chrome or Firefox]
  4. Open the downloaded file, and follow the prompts.


  1. Go to:
  2. Click on the red "Download Now" button
  3. Select "Download Zotero for Firefox"
  4. Follow the installation prompts.
  5. Allow it to connect to Zotero Standalone (the Windows/Mac Version), or if you only want it in FireFox, register and log in.
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