Zotero is a browser-based citation management tool developed at George Mason University. Its basic purpose and functionality is similar to RefWorks, but instead of tracking your citations in a web database, it works as a browser extension (designed for Firefox but currently in beta release as a standalone application), saving citations locally on your computer, and making your citations available from any computer by syncing.
To see a helpful introductory video on Zotero, visit the Zotero website.
1. Install through the Zotero website. Zotero downloads as a Firefox extension (a standalone product that works with all browsers is also available as a beta release).
2. Create a Zotero account. After installation, Zotero requires a restart of the browser, after which, you will be brought to the Zotero account creation site. It is strongly recommended you register for a Zotero account to enable syncing and groups.
3. Optimize preferences. After installation, NCSU users should check a few settings for optimized use:
In-person training workshops for Zotero are offered by the Libraries in conjunction with the Instructional Services unit of DELTA. Sessions are held in the ITTC Computer Labs (2nd Floor, East Wing, D. H. Hill Library). Register for sessions online through DELTA.
Summer 2011 hands-on sessions:
Several citation management sessions are also available through the Graduate Student Workshop series.
Here is a screenshot of Zotero in use. The Zotero pane is open along the bottom of the browser screen, where you can access your folders and citations. You can open and close the Zotero pane while working. Notice the small blue book icon in the URL bar. Clicking that icon adds the book to Zotero.
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