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Citation Management Software

This guide provides information on RefWorks, EndNote, Sciwheel, and Zotero,

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If you are having non-technical issues with using Zotero reach out to one of our Zotero specialists:

If you need technical assistance (set-up, configuration, etc), please contact Zotero:


Zotero iconZotero is a free, open source citation manager similar to RefWorks and EndNote. With it you can collect, organize and cite within Word or LibreOffice. 

Pros of Zotero:

  1. Free open source software
  2. Easy to learn  
  3. One click reference grabber (with connector)
  4. Has plug-in options for Safari, Chrome and Firefox
  5. Unlimited number of groups

Cons of Zotero:

  1. Size limit - after 300 MB you have the option to upgrade for a monthly fee

Zotero Quick Start Guide

Zotero requires you to download an application (citation library) and to install a connector in your web browser. The connector will allow you to pull references into your library with one click while the library acts as your storage system. Zotero also has an add-in for Word, LibreOffice, and Google Docs to allow you to cite while you write your paper.

Help Using Zotero

Help for Setting up and Using your Zotero Account:

General Help:

Writing with Zotero

Zotero offers two options to add citations in your Word document - the Default (which is a bar) or the Classic (which is a browsable/searchable box - that allows you to enter page numbers for your citation). To change to the Classic view:

  1. In the Zotero application, Select Edit → Preferences
  2. Select the Cite tab
  3. Select the Word Processing tab
  4. Check Use Classic option → OK

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