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Why Use Zotero

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

What Is Zotero?

Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a tool that helps you to collect, manage, and cite your references. Using Zotero you can attach PDFs, notes, and images to your citations, organize them into collections for different projects, and create bibliographies. Zotero automatically updates itself to work with new online sources and new bibliographic styles. Zotero was built and is supported by the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.

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Why Use Zotero?

Zotero lives right where you work: your web browser—allowing you to quickly grab citations as you research, and then easily create correctly formatted bibliographies.

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MS Word Plugin Installation

Installing the Zotero desktop version should automatically add the Zotero plugin to Microsoft Word. There are occasionally glitches with this process. If Zotero does not appear in your MS Word toolbar after installation, first try quitting MS Word and rebooting your computer. If it still doesn't appear, it's likely there's a missing file in the MS Word startup folder. Here is some Zotero documentation about how to correct that problem both for Mac and Windows computers.

Credit & License

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This guide is adapted from one originally created by Jason Puckett and licensed by Georgia State University Library under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 United States License. Jason's original guide is also available online.

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