Zotero is a free, open source citation manager originally developed by the Center for History and New Media at the George Mason University and now developed by the Corporation for Digital Scholarship.
Zotero works with Firefox, Safari, and Chrome browsers. Zotero also adds functionality to Microsoft Word (Mac or Windows) and OpenOffice (Mac, Windows, Linux) through a citation plugin.
Zotero can be installed on most operating systems (Mac, Windows, Linux, and iOS).
To install, go to https://www.zotero.org/ and click the red "Download" button. Zotero will recognize your operating system and display the appropriate install file to download. You will also need to download the Zotero Connector for your preferred browser.
If you have any problems, check the Zotero installation help page.
The word processor plugins are bundled with Zotero and should be installed automatically for each installed word processor when you first start Zotero.
Use this form to register for a new Zotero account. You need a Zotero account to use the groups features and to enable syncing.
Open Zotero, Select the "Edit" menu and "Preferences"
Select the "Sync" tab from the Preferences menu and add your account information.
When you sync the first time, you may need to use the sync now button to get the sync started immediately.
Zotero's Groups feature allows you to share references with other Zotero users online. It's a great way to work on collaborative research projects.
First, log in at Zotero.org. There's a "Log In" link in the top right corner of the page.
Quick tip: Be sure to setup Group settings This is where you name your group, invite group members, and determine access rights for your group members. On the Library Tab for your group, be sure to give your group members rights to add and edit (if that's appropriate).
Zotero works with an enormous number of citation formats. You can set your default format from the preference menu:
If you would like any associated PDFs attached to your Zotero citation information, you must select the box "Automatically attach associated PDFs and other files when saving items" from the "gear" menu>Preferences>General:
You've probably seen the "Find Full Text" button in some article databases that allows you to locate the full text of an article online. Zotero allows you to use the same feature.
To enable Zotero to access the "Find Full Text" server, click the gear button on the Zotero toolbar and choose Preferences. Select the Advanced tab. Near the bottom, paste this URL into the "OpenURL" box:
Then select OK. Once you've set this up, you can click the Library Lookup button on any citation you're viewing to search for the item online.
It seems like a great idea to check the box to "enable proxy redirection," but it's really not. Especially if you do research at several universities, this option can cause problems and general proxy confusion. Please keep the box un-checked:
Hands-on activity: With Zotero running, go to PsycINFO and do a search (sample search: aspergers syndrome). Select any single item. Click on the Zotero article icon in your browser's extension bar. Watch for the pop-up message that the reference was added to your library.
Try adding citations from a publisher web site - Elsevier - Child Abuse & Neglect
Zotero can't automatically capture citation info from regular web pages, but you can still add them to your Zotero library.
By Default, Zotero will offer to save a snapshot of a given web page.
A snapshot is a copy of the page saved to your computer. It includes the page's text and images, so if the page is removed later, you will continue to have a visual representation of the page available for your use.
You can also save a snapshot via Zotero's "right-click" menu:
Click the folder icon () at the top left of the Zotero window to create a new collection (Zotero calls folders "collections"). To populate the collection/folder, you can:
Important Notes About Folders:
After all the care and feeding you will do to grow your Zotero library, is there anything more important than backing up your files? No? I didn't think so. Please backup your data early and often. The details are available at: https://www.zotero.org/support/zotero_data.