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Simplify Research and Citation Confusion with Zotero

by Dylan Smith on 2024-04-26T15:59:00-07:00 in *How to ..., General | 0 Comments

If you have a research paper coming up, you know you need at least a few sources to cite to support your claims. For every citation that appears in your paper, you must have the corresponding reference on your bibliography or works cited page formatted according to the correct style. Keeping track of all those citations can get tricky, especially when working on a long paper. Did you know there are ways to automate most of this process? That's where a citation manager like Zotero can be extremely useful.

Zotero is a free and open-source program that anyone can use. It has three main components that simplify the research process from when you first start gathering sources until you're putting the finishing touches on your in-text citations. Here's how you can get started:

Screeshot of the MacOS app from

  • Next, Download a Zotero Browser Extension for Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Microsoft Edge. For most databases and websites, citation information can be saved with just a few clicks.

Zotero Connector for Chrome

  • Finally, open up Microsoft Word and look for a Zotero tab where you should see new Zotero options to create citations in formats like MLA and APA instantly.

Zotero plugin for Microsoft Word screenshot from

You can also install similar extensions for other word processors, such as Google Docs.

Watch our website for upcoming workshops that go into detail on setting up and using Zotero.

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