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What is Zotero?

Zotero is a powerful knowledge management tool that allows you to collect, organize, cite, and share your research material.

  • A personal research assistant.
    • Zotero automatically senses content from within your browser, allowing you to capture records into your personal library with a single click. You can capture a journal article, a news story from the New York Times, an image, a web page from anywhere on the WWW, or citations to a book from our university library. You can also capture your own ideas and annotations.
  • Store and Organize anything.
    • Zotero collects your research material in a searchable database. Zotero automatically indexes the full-text content of your library, enabling you to later search for items in your database. You can create folders, subfolders, keyword tags, and manually Relate items.
  • Cite perfectly.
    • Zotero allows you to create footnotes, endnotes, in-text citations, or bibliographies from your captured materials. Create citations and bibliographies in Word and OpenOffice without ever leaving your word processor. Add references to an email, a Google Doc, or other editors simply by dragging one or more references out of Zotero. For additional information about citation practices see our Citation-Style Guides page.

                                     NOTE: Use EndNote format to download from the I-Share book catalog.


A few testimonials from SXU students:

"My thoughts were a jumbled mess at first, but that jumbled mess became very organized with tags, relations, and folders. This site will be used my entire time at Saint Xavier University. This site should be taught to everyone because it can help everyone manage projects and outline papers."

"As a freshman, this program is a very useful tool, and for future projects as an undergrad, graduate student, or even in the work place, Zotero can make researching information much less time consuming. This is a great tool that should be introduced to college students sooner than later."

"I definitely plan on using Zotero in the future and I know that it will help me organize my thoughts and materials."

One example student scenario:

The student started by wanting to document examples of "real" exorcisms. We discussed creating a Zotero folder for exorcisms with the following Tags (subject headings): geography, religion, spoken languages, inexplicable by other means or fraudulent. During the course of the exploration and annotation it became obvious that exorcisms were not just Christian experiences, that languages were spoken from far away locations, and that there were both supporting and damaging reports on these events. A more balanced and complete understanding of the nuances in the topic was experienced through the use of this tool, and the resulting paper was considered an excellent analysis of the broader question. 



How to create an account and download the add-on software

The Process:

  1. Create an account using the web/cloud tool,
  2. Download the Standalone tool (for more powerful saving and citation options),
  3. Download the browser connector software for quick saving of full text materials,
  4. Synchronize the cloud and your software...add your password, select your citation style, and make PDFs searchable using the checker.



  • Create an account (Register) for using the online cloud service at (Save the login information if you plan to sync your cloud account with your workstation client tool.)
  • Add the web Connector to capture new materials. (This is for working from public workstations, but you will not have all the features available in the standalone version.)


  • Download the Zotero software and the web browser connector for more powerful options ... such as integration with your word processor ... from
  • the linker that synchronizes with Word (to merge information into references and bibliographies) is now embedded.
  • Configure the client:  (see a brief video about how to configure the client ... passwords, indexing, default citation style)
    • Start the standalone version, select Edit/Preferences, then Sync ... add the account information (using your password from above).
    • then in Preferences, under Search, install the checker ... to automatically index the full text materials you download.
    • in Preferences, under Cite and Export, you can set your default citation style.
    • in Preferences, under Advanced, you can set the resolver URL for off-campus access; the URL is 

   Using Zotero on other public workstations (without your client software):

  • NOTE: If you do not, or cannot, load the software on your workstation, you can load the Connector to the browser and then use the Connector bookmark button in order to add materials to the default file in your cloud account - but you must log into your cloud account. (This is good for working from non-SXU public locations.)
  • NOTE: The SXU library workstations include the software, but you will need to synchronize to your cloud account each time. (Select Edit/Preferences, then Sync ... add your account information.)

Below are two Zotero 4.0 screen shots:

  1. the Zotero software (lower window pane) ... capturing multiple citations and fulltext documents from the top pane (database).
  2. the Zotero software (lower window pane) searching and viewing a previously downloaded fulltext document (in the top pane).


Zotero screenshot -- saving multiple articles at one time

Zotero database with link to saved full text article

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