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User guide for the Zotero bibliographic management software
Last Updated: Jul 8, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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"Z" is for Zotero !

This is a job for Zotero

Think back a moment to the last document (presentation, dissertation, report, article, thesis, etc.) you wrote, and notably the many sources that you had to find, read, annotate, use and cite to do so.

Remember the problems of keeping track of these, sometimes voluminous, documents.

Remember the time spent (and sometimes wasted) identifying the bibliographic references (authors, title, journal, issue, year, pages, etc.) of the articles, classing them, sorting them, copying and pasting them into your final document and formatting everything with the right bibliographic style.

You can now forget about all of that, thanks to Zotero!

illustration:  Jazzmodeus, This is a job for Zotero (2008) CC Licence: BY-NC





Zotero is free and open source software. It comes either in the form of an extension for the Firefox browser, or in a standalone version [WindowsMacOS XLinux, 64-bit Linux].

It allows users to collect, manage, cite, and share all types of sources and documents.

It can be easily installed and used from your web browser, all while you're looking for and reading information!

Zotero also allows you to transfer your online reference library to its server if you have a personal account.


Features of Zotero

fonctionnalités de Zotero

Below is an overview of the features proposed in Zotero:

  • Collect: to automatically retrieve references from Zotero-compatible sites and web pages

  • Organize: to store and enhance your references, annotate them, manage them, import or export collections of references, capture web pages, and search the full text of the captured web page or in the attached PDF file

  • Save: Zotero can store all your search material: you can add PDFs, images, audio or video files, captured web pages, and more. Zotero automatically indexes the full text content of your library, allowing you to find exactly what you're looking for in just a few clicks.

  • Cite: to generate a bibliography and do the citations in a word processor (MS Word, Open Office) or in a blog using Wordpress

  • Synchronize and share: to store your library online and access it on the Zotero server, and share your references

  • Collaborate: for collaborative work and, especially, to feed private or public bibliographies (groups) together with other members

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    To cite this guide

    SICOT Julien. "Collecting, managing and citing bibliographic references with Zotero". In UEB (Université Européenne de Bretagne). Form@doct. Rennes: UEB, November 2011 (last updated on July 8, 2014). Available on:


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