Zotero – Firefox extension for research

Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share research.

Zotero is an open source Firefox extension to help users collect, manage, cite, and share your research sources. It lives right in the web browser itself. Zotero includes the best parts of older reference manager software (like EndNote) — the ability to store author, title, and publication fields and to export that information as formatted references—and the best parts of modern software and web applications (like iTunes and del.icio.us), such as the ability to interact, tag, and search in advanced ways.

Zotero is, at the most basic level, a citation manager. It’s designed to store, manage, and cite bibliographic references, such as books and articles. In Zotero, each of these references constitutes an item. Every item contains different metadata, depending on what type it is. Items can be everything from books, articles, and documents to web pages, artwork, films, sound recordings, bills, cases, or statutes, among many others.

It is possible to run Zotero as a separate program without Firefox, Chrome, or Safari.

Features include:

  • Intuitive interface.
  • Collect information on books, journal articles, and other resources with a single click in your location bar. Drag and drop bibliography.
  • Preloaded with all major styles, and thousands of additional journal-specific styles are freely available.
  • Archive entire web pages in your library.
  • Store related PDFs, files, images, and links in your library.
  • Full-text indexing.
  • Autofind.
  • Add tags.
  • Rich-text notes.
  • Automatic synchronization of collections among multiple computers.
  • Free automatic backup of your library data on Zotero’s servers.
  • Automatic synchronization of your attachment files to a WebDAV server (e.g. iDisk, Jungle Disk, or university-provided web storage).
  • Automatic detection of PDF metadata (i.e., author, title, etc).
  • Automatic detection and support for proxy servers.
  • Trash can with restore item functionality so you don’t accidentally lose important materials.
  • Rich-text notes.
  • Style manager allows you to add and delete CSL and legacy format styles.
  • Support for Endnote export styles.
  • Word, Google Docs, and LibreOffice integration.
  • Zotero Connectors:
    • Plugins for Google Chrome and Safari and a new Standalone-compatible mode for Firefox.
    • Save items directly to Standalone or to your zotero.org library.
  • Duplicate detection and merging.
  • Word processor integration improvements:
    • A streamlined Add Citation dialog for quicker citing.
    • Ability to edit citations directly in the word processor document.
    • Sharing of word processor documents with users of Zotero and other compatible software without using Zotero groups.
  • Dragging of collections into group libraries.
  • Collaborate:
    • Share Group Libraries.
    • Publish Dynamic Bibliographies.

Website: www.zotero.org
Support: Documentation, Forums, GitHub Code Repository
Developer: Center for History and New Media at George Mason University
License: Affero General Public License


Zotero is written in JavaScript. Learn JavaScript with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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