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An overview for installing, setting up, and using the bibliographic manager Zotero. Based on guide created by Jason Puckett and licensed by Georgia State University Library at

About Zotero

Screenshot of Zotero App for MacZotero (pronounced "zoh-TAIR-oh") is an application that collects, manages, and cites research sources. It's easy to use, connects with your web browser to download sources, and best of all it's free.

Zotero allows you to attach PDFs, notes and images to your citations, organize them into collections for different projects, and create bibliographies.

It's incredibly customizable for how you work and how you want to use the platform.

About this Guide

The screenshots and visuals for this guide were created using a Macbook Pro and they reflect what Zotero looks like on MacOS. We've included instructions and variations for PC users but your version of Zotero may look slightly different than the samples included.

If you'd like additional help or support, feel free to check the Additional Support Page for listings for Zotero workshops and librarians that can help you with how you want to use Zotero.