Zotero is a free, easy-to-use, yet powerful research tool that helps you gather, organize, and analyze sources (citations, full texts, web pages, images, and other objects), and lets you share the results of your research in a variety of ways.
Zotero works as both an add-on for the Firefox browser (web version) and via a standalone version (installed on your computer). Zotero also adds functionality to Microsoft Word,LibreOfficeOpenOfficeNeoOfficer Windows) through a citation plugin.
When used as an extension of your browser, Zotero integrates tightly with online resources; it can sense when users are viewing a book, article, or other object on the web, and—on many major research and library sites—find and automatically save the full reference information for the item in the correct fields. Since it lives in the web browser, it can effortlessly transmit information to, and receive information from, other web services and applications. And since it runs on one’s personal computer, it can also communicate with software running there (such as Microsoft Word). It can be used offline as well (e.g., on a plane, in an archive without WiFi).
For many major databases and websites, Zotero senses when a list of books or articles is displayed by showing an icon in the address bar, so citation information can be saved with just a few clicks:
For additional information on adding content to Zotero, view the Zotero with library databases tab in this guide.