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Using Zotero at Princeton

Using Zotero at Princeton

What is Zotero?

What is Zotero?

Zotero is a free bibliographic citation management software that allows you to save, collect, manage, cite, and share research sources. Zotero is available either as a Firefox extension or as standalone software that works with Chrome and Safari browsers. It works right in your browser, making it easy to save citations while you search. You can also take notes in Zotero, allowing you to store your reactions to a source right next to its citation.

Use the Zotero word processor plugins to easily cite your sources and create a bibliography while you work. (NOTE: Though Zotero will save you lots of time in the creation of footnotes/in-text citations and bibliographies, it's always a good idea to proofread your work. Also, see the Research and Documentation site to access online versions of all the major citation style guides.)

 

Step-by-step

  1. Install Zotero (Zotero Standalone OR the Zotero extension for Firefox, Chrome or Safari)
  2. Install the word-processor plugin for your word processor (Word or Open Office)
  3. Configure your Citation Style to whichever style you want to use (e.g. Chicago, MLA, etc.)
  4. Configure the Library Lookup option
  5. To automatically grab PDFs when saving citations, go to Preferences and check "Automatically attach associated PDFs"
  6. Configure backups and/or synchronize your Zotero bibliographic data with another computer.