Zotero is a way to store and organize citation information for a variety of research resources, including journal articles, books and book chapters, images, videos, websites, and more.
With citation managers such as Zotero, you can
For help getting started with Zotero, see the Quick Start Guide below.
For a Zotero tutorial, click this arrow
Documentation for using Zotero is also available on the Zotero website.
Download Zotero for free from Zotero.org.
Step 1: Download the Zotero application and install on your computer.
Step 2: Download the browser connector for your preferred browser. If you have Word, make sure it is closed so the Zotero toolbar can be added to it.
Step 3: Create a free Zotero account to back up and access your research library from anywhere.
Step 4: Sync your account with the Zotero app. Instructions for syncing will be in the registration confirmation email.
This short video covers how to add individual resources to your library, saving several items at once from a database search, and how to add a PDF already saved on your computer to a citation in Zotero.
The Merrill-Cazier Library at USU subscribes to Lean Library, a browser plug-in that alerts you when online content is available through the library while you are doing your research both on and off-campus. Lean Library works no matter how you do your research.
Creating a formatted bibliography from sources stored in your Zotero library is quick and easy. Just follow the steps below!
Step 1: In Zotero, select the resources to include in your bibliography (CMD+click on Mac or Shift+click on PC).
Step 2: Right click on one of the selected sources. This will bring up a menu. Select "Create Bibliography from Items..."
Step 3: Select the format of the bibliography. In this example, MLA is selected. Selecting "Save as RTF" creates a file that can be opened in any word processor.
Step 4: It's a good idea to check that the information in the bibliography is correct, spelled correctly, etc. Once it has been saved, you can then open it, copy and paste it into your assignment, or share it.