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Citation Management Tools

What is Zotero?

Zotero is, at the most basic level, a reference manager. It is designed to store, manage, and cite bibliographic references, such as books and articles. In Zotero, each of these references constitutes an item. 

  • Citations: can be added from any webpage with the free Zotero Connector extension and organized in your Zotero library
  • PDFs: can be saved and annotated in Zotero or another external PDF application
  • Sharing: papers and folders can be shared with external users
  • Writing: Zotero integrates with Microsoft Word to cite as you write 

Introduction to Zotero

Courtesy of Northwestern University Libraries

Quick Start Guide

Using Zotero with Word

You can use Zotero to insert references into a Word document, generate a bibliography at the end of your document and format it in the citation style of your choice.

When you install Zotero Desktop on your computer, the Zotero tab is automatically added to the toolbar in Word. If it is not there, go to the Tools menu in Zotero Desktop to install the MS Word plugin.  

Please note: You must use Zotero Desktop to use the Zotero citing tool – it will not function with Zotero Web. 

OpenURL for Zotero

To link the library to Zotero, use the following OpenURL link:
Copy and paste the above link under Preferences > Advanced > OpenURL