This guide includes content from Georgia State University Library's Zotero guide. Thank you to Jason Puckett and Georgia State University Library for sharing!
If you've ever used some of the many online citation generators such as EasyBib or Noodle Tools, you're going to enjoy the more robust time-saving and organizational features of Zotero.
Yes, there are comparable products and programs--Mendeley, RefWorks, and Endnote are some you may know. Pricing structures vary from free, to “freemium,” to a monthly or annual fee. To learn more visit their websites or check this handy comparison page.
Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.
Take a look at what you can do with Zotero:
ZoteroBib - Requires no account or software installation and provides a quick, reliable tool for creating one-off bibliographies. ZoteroBib enables you to build bibliographies in a variety of citaton styles and format basic in-text citations. You may re-use and edit bibliography you create--it will remain available in your browser until you clear it.
Not sure which to use?
The Zotero/ZoteroBib website offers guidance for choosing the option that is best for you.
Zotero also compatible with Google Drive documents. The Help page on the Zotero.org website is clear, thorough, and includes images.
For additional information and context, this post from their website may also be of interest.
There are a number apps and programs compatible with both Android and iOs. They are listed and described on Zotero's website. All available apps were third party products until recently.
A Zotero app for iPhone and iPad is now available for download from the Apple Store.