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This guide provides an overview of Zotero, as well as instructions on how to download and use this free citation manager.

Replaced RefWorks with Zotero

The Jim Dan Hill Library will not be offering institutional access to RefWorks starting 08/01/2023.

It is highly recommended that you transfer your RefWorks research and attachments to another citation manager before this date. The library formally recommends Zotero and can offer basic technical support for this software. Click here for instructions on how to move your RefWorks library to Zotero.

Please contact the reference librarians at if you have any questions or need assistance.

What is Zotero?

Zotero (pronounced "zoh - TARE - oh") is a free, open source citation manager that can help you collect, organize, cite, and share research. Zotero can help you stay organized while working on a research paper, annotated bibliography, or any other assignment that requires you to conduct research. With the click of a button, you can store any kind of resource (i.e. journal article, webpage, eBook), including an attachment or link to the item.

Say goodbye to the days of losing your research and stumbling through citation writing, and say hello to Zotero!

Why use Zotero?

  1. Keep your research, including PDFs and links, stored in one location.
  2. Access your Zotero library on your personal computer, as well as campus desktops through the web version.
  3. Store research in your library with the click of a button using Zotero's browser connector.
  4. Quickly insert in-text citations and bibliographies into your assignments using one of Zotero's word processor plugins.
  5. Keep your Zotero account and library after your graduate by using a personal email address to create your account.