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Zotero Citation Management

Zotero is a free online tool to collect and organize resources, cite works and create bibliographies.

Getting Started

Download Zotero and associated plug-ins using these links:

  • Firefox:
    Download Firefox to get started with Zotero
  • Zotero:
    Download the Zotero add-on for Firefox


Get Zotero

Zotero Basics

Zotero logo

Zotero is a free, open source, easy-to-use Firefox add-on (and now works with Chrome and Safari) that helps you to collect, manage, cite, and share your research sources. It lives right where you do your work - in your web browser. Designed to be intuitive and unobtrusive (it looks a lot like an iTunes library), Zotero is a powerful and handy tool for any academic.

Zotero can be used to download citations from the AMBS library's search interfaces.

Zotero works on all three major operating systems: PC, Mac, and Linux.

Zotero tutorial

Zotero Quick Start Guide: The A, B, C's of "Z"

Zotero is a production of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University and is funded by the United States Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

How does it work?

Zotero is comprised of three components:

  • Translators - Interpret meta-data from websites, databases, videos, images, etc.
  • Styles - Choose from over 20 standard citation styles and add more if necessary.
  • Storage - Zotero lives in your browser using your Firefox profile; you are given 100MB of free storage.

Once you get Zotero installed on your Firefox browser, look for the Zotero icon on the lower right side of the browser.

What does "Zotero" mean?

'Zotero' is based on the Albanian word "zotëroj," which means “to acquire, to master,” in terms of learning.

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Director of Information Technology

Brent Graber


Creative Commons License
This Zotero LibGuide was created by Marie Sciangula of the Purchase College Library.  It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 United States License. Thank you, Marie, for giving AMBS permission to use your guide.

Need help choosing a citation manager?

Not sure which citation manager will work best for you? Check out this citation management tools comparison LibGuide, part of the METRO LibGuides series: