Zotero is a free and open-source reference management software that supports more than 30 languages to manage bibliographic data and related research materials. It catalogs, organizes online sources, syncs them across computers, the internet and helps the user cite the sources.

What can it do?

  • Automatically save materials (including PDFs, websites, videos, etc.) and capture citations using Zotero Connectors (Chrome, Firefox, and Safari Plugins)
  • Edit and organize collections with tags
  • Cite from within Word, Neo/OpenOffice, or Google Docs
  • Generate bibliographies online or offline in multiple styles
  • Collaborate remotely with project members with Zotero Groups
Zotero’s software interface

Uses in a Course

  • Effectively organize research materials for Independent Study and other projects
  • Collaborate with colleagues, publicly or privately, on ongoing research
  • Share and discover resources with other people that have similar interests
  • Link Zotero to extended software and functions by installing plugins


Additional Help

  • The College of Wooster Libraries offers Intro to Zotero workshops every semester.
  • The college’s Librarians are the best resource regarding Zotero.
  • Student Technology Assistants are available to help at the Digital Media Bar in Andrews Library in the CoRE.
  • Read more about Zotero in a publication from Edcause, called ELI 7 things you should know about Zotero.
  • Zotero offers documentations which include tutorials and FAQs.