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Developed by the Center for History and New Media at the George Mason University, Virginia, Zotero is an open source easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.

What is Zotero?

  • Zotero is a free reference management tool, that is available as an add-on for the Firefox web browser.

  • There are two operating platforms for Zotero.

              # Zotero for Firefox lets you capture and organize all your research without ever leaving the


              # Zotero Standalone runs as a separate application and plugs into your choice of browser: Firefox

              / Chrome / Safari.

  • Zotero recognizes and stores bibliographic information on books, journal articles, videos and other resources from library catalogues, webpages and databases and extracts metadata from these sources.

  • Zotero stores PDFs, file, images in links in your library.

  • Zotero allows you to create a bibliography and in text citations in a variety of reference styles in a Word or OpenOffice document.

  • Zotero's sync feature can keep your library up to date on all computers and additional backup options can be followed.

  • Zotero Groups offers online collaboration between users to share citations, collection, notes and tags.

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Zotero Support

You are welcome to contact any of our Zotero trainers for assistance or to arrange a group training session:

Maryna van den Heever, Engineering Library.

Xoli Xanko, Library of Management.

Thuli Dhlamini, Education & Training.

Maggie Lediga, Law Library


      Always make sure that your Firefox version is up to date when you install and use Zotero.

                 Go to: To Update Firefox to the latest version