Zotero is "citation management software". Its purpose is to help you manage bibliographies and cite your sources in a research paper. Zotero is easy to use and FREE. Complete documentation, including tutorials, is available on the Zotero website: www.zotero.org.
Zotero is both 100% free and completely safe to use. It's produced by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University and the Corporation for Digital Scholarship, with funding from the United States Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
Using Zotero you may:
The librarians at McFarlin would be happy to assist you in installing or using Zotero. Just set up a personalized research assistance appointment.
Quick Tip video on how to Download Zotero
Quick Tip video on how to use Zotero.
Zotero is available to download for FREE.
Zotero uses "connectors" to communicate with the browser you're using. Once you install Zotero, open the browser you want to use and go to www.zotero.org/download/, then pick your browser from the list and install the extension. You will then be able to download, edit and organize your references. Just click on the folder in the toolbar to import citations.
Zotero also provides word processor plug-ins that integrate with Microsoft Word and LibreOffice. With these you may use Zotero to automatically create bibliographies as well as incorporate citations and footnotes into the text of your research paper.
NOTE: Zotero extensions are available for the following browsers: Firefox, Chrome, Opera or Safari. (Sorry, but Zotero DOES NOT WORK WITH MICROSOFT'S INTERNET EXPLORER OR EDGE!)
Zotero has a feature called "Library Lookup" that will connect a Zotero citation with the library catalog where you may quickly check to see if the full text of the article is available from McFarlin Library or place an ILLIAD request if it isn't. In order for this to work, you will need to change your Zotero Preferences by doing the following:
To check for the full text availability of a citation: