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Citation Management Tools

About Zotero

Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use citation management tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. Its features help users:


  • Collect citation information from article databases, catalogs and websites
  • Generate bibliographies and in-text citations
  • Store and organize PDFs, documents, links, and notes
  • Annotate and copy/paste text within PDF files
  • Collaborate and share with others using groups
  • Backup and access with an online copy

Getting Started with Zotero

You can use Zotero for free as an open platform. University of Arizona Libraries also provides support on using Zotero for citation management via consultation by appointment or workshops held throughout the semester.

Install Zotero at UA:

  1. Desktop: Download the desktop application from the site. 
  2. Online: Sign up for a Zotero web account through their registration page.

FAQ and Quickstart:

Get started with the basics through the quickstart guide.

Take a look at their frequently asked questions.

Configuring Zotero to Find Full Text

a)    Click on Zotero / Preferences
b)    Click on “Advanced.”

c)    Add the following URL to the OpenURL “Resolver” field:

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