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Reference Management: Zotero: Zotero Overview

Introduction to Zotero

Zotero is a reference manager that can help you organise your research and collaborate with others.

With Zotero, you can:

  • Create and manage citations of books, articles, videos, and more
  • Import citations from many databases
  • Extract metadata from imported PDFs
  • Collaborate with other researchers 
  • Insert references into Word

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

Everything you need to get started with Zotero can be downloaded from

Quick download and installation guidance.

The following video and FAQ's were created by librarians in the Faculty of Education. Your faculty may not use APA as a referencing style, but Zotero supports multiple styles and you can choose your preferred style during the set up process. 

Introduction to Zotero Video

Video contents


Adding items to your Zotero Library

Creating references

Video Transcript

Help with Zotero - FAQs

Downloading Zotero

Selecting the correct settings and creating an account

Backing up and restoring your Zotero Library

Using the Word plug in to create your in-text citations and reference list

How to add materials into your Zotero library

Organising your Zotero Library 

Guidance from the website: Organizing your Library: Using collections (folders) and tags

Guidance from the website: Sorting the fields in your Zotero Library

Guidance from the website: Managing duplicate entries in your Zotero Library

Creating notes using Zotero

PDF management with Zotero

Guidance from the website: Adding existing PDFs and retrieving metadata from PDFs

Guidance from the website: PDF reader and note editor

Share and Collaborate using Zotero Group Libraries

Guidance from the website: Zotero Groups

Importing references from Mendeley or Endnote

Guidance from the website: Importing from other reference managers 

Who can I contact for support?

Contact your faculty or college librarian, a list of Cambridge libraries can be found on the Libraries Directory

Zotero Training Sessions

A number of libraries offer Zotero training, and more information, including booking links is available here

Zotero Add-ons


ZotFile is a Zotero plug-in to help manage your attachments - rename, move, and attach PDFs (or other files) to Zotero items, sync PDFs from your Zotero library to your (mobile) PDF reader, and extract annotations from PDFs.


Use Bookmarklet to save items to your online Zotero library on mobile devices or browsers without the Zotero connector installed.

Better BibTeX

An extension for Zotero that helps manage bibliographic data. This is especially useful for people writing documents using text based toolchains such as BibTeX.

See a full list of available plug-ins on the Zotero support pages.

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