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Zotero How To
What is Zotero?
Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use program to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources. It integrates with your web browser, where you do most of your research!
Zotero “watches” the pages you view to see if any of them contain citations to books, articles or other sources.
If Zotero detects that you're looking at a book or article on a catalog, database, or a site like Amazon.com, Wikipedia or the New York Times, you'll see a book or page or folder icon appear in the address bar of your browser. Just click the icon and Zotero will automatically save the citation.
Zotero can't automatically capture citation info from regular web pages, but you can still add them to your Zotero library.
To save a web page as a reference, right-click and choose “Save Zotero snapshot” in your browser (if using Zotero Standalone).
Zotero automatically saves a “snapshot” of the page: a copy of the page saved to your computer. It includes the page's text and images, so if the page is removed later, or if you're offline, you'll still be able to view your copy.
Click the Zotero tab in Word to see the Zotero menu.
Place your cursor in your document where you want the citation to appear.
To add a citation, click the Add/Edit Citation button on the toolbar. The first time you do this, Zotero will offer you a choice of bibliographic styles.
When the red search bar appears, type an author name or title word to search your library.
Select the reference you want to cite, then press Enter. Zotero will add the citation at the location of your cursor.
At the end of your paper, click the Insert Bibliography button.
Your bibliography will appear, and new citations will be added automatically. Change bibliographic styles with the Document Preferences button.