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Zotero is a free Firefox, Chrome, and Safari extension that helps you collect, manage, and cite your research sources.

Gather Your Research

Collect citations by clicking the zotero  icon in your URL bar that appears whenever Zotero recognizes a reference – whether you’re looking at a library catalog, a database, or another website. (Note: The Chrome default is now to display no plugins unti you "pin" them. If you don't see an icon in Chrome, just click on the puzzle-piece to the right of the url bar, and in the drop-down, click the pushpin icon next to "zotero.")

If you choose, Zotero can also be set to capture full text pdf’s and snapshots of web pages simultaneously.

from JSTOR


Additional Methods

You can also add citations to Zotero by:

  • ISBN
  • DOI (Digital Object Identifier)
  • PMID (PubMed ID)
  • Manually typing or cutting-and-pasting
  • Importing a BibTex, RIS, or other citation data file

Turn Existing Bibliography into Importable Data

Do you have a bibliography in an old paper you'd like to add to Zotero?

  1. Copy the full bibliography into your clipboard
  2. Go to
  3. Paste contents into "Parse" window
  4. Edit the data fields
  5. Export as BibText file
  6. In Zotero, choose File>Import