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Zotero: Referencing Management Software: Home


Zotero is a research tool that works with your web browser to automatically sense bibliographic information on a webpage and save it.

Whether you're searching for a journal article in JSTOR, or a book on iDiscover, one click on Zotero and you've got a reference for your dissertation. 

It takes a lot of the hard work out of formatting references, leaving you more time for writing and less time stressing about commas. 

Zotero tips: 

The best guide has been written by Jason Puckett.

12 'must know' (& REALLY HELPFUL) Zotero tips and techniques

Article and presentation information written by Dr Emma Coonan, formerly Research Skills Librarian, University Library, Cambridge.

Dr Emma Salgard-Cunha talks us through why she thinks English Literature students at the University of Cambridge could benefit from using Zotero and how to get started with it.

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  • 1:12 - Explanation of the Zotero interface
  • 4:40 - How to use Zotero with JSTOR 
  • 6:11 - How to enter a book reference manually
  • 7:20 - Zotero for taking notes 
  • 9:20 - How to export references to a document
  • 13:35 - Creating a bibliography 
  • 21:00 - Zotero and internet browsers 
  • 27:50 - Online and offline use

Tips to enhance research workflows:

Alternatives to Zotero:

Collaborative research?

Zotero's group functionality allows you to share a set of references with a groups of like-minded researchers. Once you have an account on the group functionality is available to you. Just set up a group and manage members by emailing those you want to join in. See Jason Puckett's page for more information.