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Citation Management Tools

Use citation management tools to collect, organize, cite, and share references for research


Zotero software logo - letter Z in a hexagon shape

Zotero is a free, open-source tool that helps you collect, organize, and share research sources; generate citations; and create bibliographies. It's one of many citation management tools such as EndNote, Refworks, and Mendeley.

 Download Zotero if you need a citation management tool that

  • Doesn't cost anything.
  • Allows you to share source libraries and collaborate with others.
  • Works with GoogleDocs along with other Word processing programs.
  • Automatically senses research sources while you're searching online.

If you just need to create a quick bibliography, use ZoteroBib instead.


Install Zotero

 Download Zotero and the Zotero Connector for your browser. Zotero Connectors automatically sense content as you search online and allow you to save it to Zotero with a single click.


  1. Open the .dmg file you downloaded and drag Zotero to the Applications folder.
  2. You can then run Zotero from Spotlight, Launchpad, or the Applications folder and add it to your Dock like any other program.
  3. After installing Zotero, you can eject and delete the .dmg file.


  1. Run the setup program you downloaded.

Note: Zotero will update to newer versions automatically.

Learn to Use Zotero

There is excellent supporting documentation available on the Zotero site to get you started: