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What is it?

Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use citation management tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. Its features help users:

  • Collect citation information from article databases, catalogs and websites
  • Generate bibliographies and in-text citations
  • Store and organize PDFs, documents, links, and notes
  • Collaborate and share with others using groups
  • Backup and access with an online copy

Download Zotero: http://www.zotero.org

Getting Started

  1. Choose the version of Zotero that works best for you. Download and install it.
    Options include:
    • Zotero for Firefox:
      • Runs as an extension within your Firefox web browser
      • Requires users to add a plugin for their word processing program (MS Word or Libre/Open Office)
    • Zotero Standalone
      • runs as a separate program on your computer
      • requires users to add a plugin to their web browser (Chrome, Safari, Firefox)
  2. Create a Zotero account using the Register link.
  3. Connect your Zotero account to your Zotero software.
    • Click the gear icon, or select Tools from the menu
    • Click Preferences
    • Click the Sync tab
    • Enter the Username and Password for your Zotero account
    • Make sure Sync Automatically is checked

Customizing Zotero for UW-Madison

  1. Click the Gear icon (or Tools from the menu)
  2. Click Preferences
  3. Click Advanced
  4. Under OpenURL, select Custom
  5. In Resolver, type http://sfx.wisconsin.edu/wisc
  6. Click OK

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