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Zotero @ Levy Library: Zotero: Getting Started

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Want some help getting started with Zotero?

Schedule a consultation with a librarian who will walk you through the download, Zotero basics, and some exciting features! Email refdesk@mssm.edu to request a meeting. 

 

Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your information sources. It automatically senses content in your web browser, allowing you to add citations and pdf's to your personal library with a single click. Whether you're searching for a preprint on arXiv.org, a journal article on PubMed, a news story from the New York Times, or a book from the library catalog, Zotero has you covered with support for thousands of sites. 

Get Zotero

If you are a FireFox user, you may want to download Zotero for FireFox, which displays your Zotero library within your browser. This option allows you to import and organize references without ever leaving your browser. 

Zotero Standalone is the standard option, and installs as a separate application on your computer. After installing Zotero Standalone, we recommend adding a Browser Extension which will allow you to easily add reference to your Zotero library.

In addition to whichever interface you select, you will also have access to your Zotero library online at zotero.org, allowing you to read attached articles, add references, and organize your library from anywhere with an internet connection. Use the button below to select your interface and get started with Zotero!

Why Zotero?

 Zotero users can:

  • Access their Zotero account any time, from any web-enabled computer.
  • Collaborate in group projects. Multiple users can log in simultaneously to a shared account.
  • Import references from hundreds of databases.
  • Attach PDFs and other types of files to references.
  • Format in-text citations and create bibliographies automatically.
  • Choose from hundreds of output styles (including AMA, APA, and Vancouver) or create a custom output style for submission to a particular journal.
  • Post references online and share information with other researchers, faculty members or students.