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Zotero is a citation management program designed to collect, organize, and store references in a personal library. This guide will help get you started with Zotero by introducing some of its main features. While the interfaces look slightly different between a Mac and a PC, both versions function similarly. Zotero is an alternative to EndNote and may be preferable for Mac users and/or Google Docs users.
NOTE: This guide refers to the terms 'citations' and 'references' interchangeably.
- Store citations into a library.
- Organize citations by creating groups.
- Attach documents such as PDFs to citations in your library.
- Annotate PDFs
- Find full-text articles for the citations in your library.
- Generate a bibliography that can be formatted in hundreds of different citation styles.
- Insert in-text citations into your Microsoft Word document or Google Docs.
Zotero is a free, nonprofit, open source program with options for purchasing more data storage. You can download the software yourself by following the installation steps here.