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Free bibliographic citation database software

What Is Zotero?

"Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share research." It works with the Firefox, Chrome, and Safari browsers on Mac, Windows, and Linux.

It was developed by the Center for New Media and History at George Mason University, one of our WRLC partners.

I'm sorry - what are we talking about?

Bibliographic citations appear in papers, books, and articles - often as "footnotes" or "endnotes." They tell where - in which bibliographic source - the writer found a piece of information.

A bibliography is a list of sources. Both citations and bibliographies can appear in many different styles. Your professor may require you to use a specific style. Zotero can reformat to a different style instantly.

Zotero makes creating citations and bibliographies easy and handles much of the formatting work for whatever bibliographic style you need.

Request a Workshop!

Just say no to notecards! The UDC Learning Resources Division offers free hands-on Zotero workshops.

All workshops will be held in LRD classroom 41-104. Reservations are not required.

No workshops are currently scheduled but if you are interested, you are encouraged to request a training session.

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There are other software products for managing bibliographic citations. Many are not free. You could also type all your references in a word processor. Or you could really go old school and use notecards.