Zotero is a free, open source, easy-to-use citation management tool. Use Zotero to:
Zotero allows you to save sources online directly to a personal library. A good way to avoid plagiarism is to keep track of the sources you are using. By making sure you have a record of your sources, you can quote and cite without forgetting about or misattributing a source.
Another good way to avoid plagiarism is to note what ideas from a source you are using. As you read a source, take notes on what you might use in later writing. Make sure in your notes to distinguish what ideas are the author(s) and which ideas are your ideas or commentary.
Zotero saves you time by formatting citations for you. Zotero can cite with all the major citation styles and more. However, you still want to check Zotero's citations for accuracy. Zotero's citations are only as good as the information saved in your Zotero library, which can result in formatting issues in your citations.
6. Start adding references!
Want to find out how to organize, share, and cite your sources with Zotero? Check out our Zotero guide!
Make sure you have installed the Zotero Connector.
Once installed the connector will appear as an icon in your browser toolbar.
To add a source to Zotero, click on the Zotero icon in your browser toolbar.
Zotero will save relevant information about the source into your Zotero Library, such as:
This information will help you organize and access the source at a later time and provide citation informaiton.
Note: Depending on the website/database you are using, the information saved from Zotero might not be perfect. It is important to check what is saved into Zotero to make sure it is accurate.
There are two ways to cite references using Zotero: Quick-Citing and the Word Plug-In
This Zotero feature requires Microsoft Word (if you do not have Word, skip to Quick-Citing below)
ZoteroBib is a interactive web tool that lets you create citations using a title, URL, ISBN, DOI or other identifiers to create citations and bibliographies.
Go to zbib.org to use the tool.
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