Zotero is a free citation manager that will allow you to collect, organize, share, and cite research items. Zotero offers local storage of data on your own computer, online access to your data, and browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox to ingest bibliographic metadata to ease the collection of citations. This digital tool is best suited for those interested in saving citations for long-term research.
ZoteroBib (a separate tool) will help you create a quick bibliography through manually entering items or ingesting metadata from library catalogs, newspapers, magazines, ISBNs, DOIs, and more. ZoteroBib generates citations in a browser that can be pasted into a research paper in an array of citation styles including MLA, APA, and Chicago. This digital tool is better suited for short-term research and/or assignment needs.
Directions for creating a Zotero 5.0 account:
To add a browser connector so that you can click to save research items you find online, go to to Tools > Install Browser Connector > and follow the prompts.
Help with Zotero is available by appointment. Email one of the librarians below to schedule a research consultation.