Zotero is a free, simple plug-in (for Firefox) or a standalone program (with browser extensions to Google Chrome and Safari) that collects, stores and organizes references for books, journal articles, websites and other materials that you've collected and then automatically converts those references into a properly formatted bibliography. It is fairly easy to use, reliable, and well-documented. Zotero can:
Alongside tracking literature citations, Zotero stores downloaded or links to Acrobat pdf files or any other types of files on your computer.
Our own handy reference guide for Zotero, available in Acrobat PDF format, providing information on acquiring and setting up Zotero, exporting references from catalogs and databases, producing bibliographies, and getting support.
Zotero is available as an online account and as standalone software. Bother versions are free. Download Zotero from http://www.zotero.org/download/.
Choose either the
Note: While the Tufts librarians provide training in, and consultation about, the general use of Zotero and compatible databases, they do not provide IT support or assistance with technical issues involving your computer, browser, or word-processing software. For assistance with such issues, consult Zotero's documentation and its user forums. Most questions can be answered by either of these.
Installing Zotero is just like installing any other plug-in for Firefox. If you need more help, here is Zotero's help. Please note that the video (at help) includes old information.
Once installed, Zotero lives in the top right of your browser in the Tool Bar.
Click on this to open Zotero. When open, Zotero lives in the bottom part of your browser.
You can make Zotero a full tab in your browser by
clicking on this icon in the tool bar at the top of the pane
or click and drag the top part of the pane to make it bigger or smaller.
Please note: You will need to verify the extension in Chrome by logging into your Zotero account on the Zotero site before you can use it.