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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.

The FIREFOX browser provides much more powerful integration.

A personal research assistant.

Zotero automatically senses content, allowing you to add multiple records to your personal library with a single click. You can capture preprints from, a journal article from JSTOR, a news story from the New York Times, a web page from anywhere on the WWW, or citations to a book from our university library. 

Store and Organize anything.

Zotero collects all your research material in a searchable database. You can add PDFs, images, audio and video files, web-page snapshots, and many other items. Zotero automatically indexes the full-text content of your library, enabling you to search for items in your database. You can create folders, subfolders, keyword tags and Relate items.

Cite perfectly.

Zotero will allow you to create footnotes, endnotes, in-text citations, or bibliographies from your materials. Create citations in Word and OpenOffice without ever leaving your word processor. Add references to an email, a Google Doc, or some other editor simply by dragging one or more references out of Zotero. For additional information about citation practices see our Citation-Style Guides page.

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. 



View a short tutorial on the basic options (downloading multiple records, searching within saved records).

View a brief tutorial on capturing material using Zotero. Capturing web page text and special pages.

View a brief tutorial on organizing materials using folders and subfolders, tags, and related links in Zotero.

View a brief tutorial on using Zotero to add references and create a bibliography in Word.

You might also want to review Jason Puckett's Guide to Zotero

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

The Process:

  1. Create an account using the web/cloud tool,
  2. Load the Bookmarklet for quick saving of URLs,
  3. Download the powerful browser add-on and linker software packages.

 Watch a video of the creation and download process:  video of creating an account and downloading the client Add-On to Firefox



  • 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 Bookmarklet to capture new materials. (This is good for working from public workstations, but you will not have all the features available in the client version.)


  • Download the client software and linker for more powerful options ... such as integration with your word processor ... from
  • Select your client software:
    • We recommend the Firefox version, which seamlessly integrates with other software; you will need to reboot to see the Z icon and features appear.
    • If you use Chrome, Safari, or IE ... you will need to use Bookmarklet and the Standalone version ... and then log into the Cloud version, and install a connector.
  • Download the linker to work with Word (to merge information into references and bibliographies).


  •   Configure the client:  (see a brief video about how to configure the client ... passwords, indexing, default citation style)
    • Run the client on your workstation, choose the Z on the top right, select the gear icon, then 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.

   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 use the Bookmarklet to add materials to a default file, but you must first log into the cloud version. (This is good for working from non-SXU public locations.)


Below are two screen shots:

  1. the Zotero add-in (bottom pane) ... capturing multiple citations and fulltext documents from the top pane.
  2. the Zotero add-in (bottom pane) and viewing a previously downloaded fulltext document in the top pane.


Zotero screenshot -- saving multiple articles at one time

Zotero example with full text article

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