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Citation Management Using Zotero

About Zotero

Zotero log​Zotero is a browser extension that collects, manages, and cites research sources. It's easy to use, lives in your web browser where you do your work, and best of all it's free.

Zotero allows you to attach PDFs, notes and images to your citations, organize them into collections for different projects, and create bibliographies. You can also share your citations with your classmates. Zotero supports 1000's of citation styles, including Vancouver and APA.

Downloading and Installing Zotero

If you have a tablet issued by the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, you may already have Zotero installed! Head to and create an account. If not, go ahead and install the Zotero program and create an account. 

When setting up Zotero, make sure you also download and install the Zotero browser connectors and plugins. Connectors are available for Chrome, Firefox and Safari - installing the browser connector will also enable Zotero within Google Docs. Word processor plugins include Microsoft Word and LibreOffice -- make sure to install any of ones you use. 

Getting Started With Zotero

One of the advantages of Zotero is that it has very good documentation. Check out the Quick Start Guide for the basics, and Using Zotero for in-depth information. There is also a page specifically on using Zotero with Google Docs

If you prefer video format, check out these video tutorials produced by the Zotero community. 

For instructions on how to share your citations with your classmates, see Zotero Groups