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Citation Tools

Quick guide to online citation organization tools, including RefWorks & Zotero.

What Is Zotero?

Zotero is a free research and citation management tool that helps you collect and organize citations and sources. Zotero works online and with word processors to recognize and capture information and generate citations.  All of your citations and resources are collected and displayed in one interface, where you can upload and access content in a variety of formats including PDFs, images, snapshots of web pages, audio and video files, and more. Zotero also enables the creation of shared library folders, which are extremely helpful for any kind of collaborative research.

Tutorials and guides for the latest version of Zotero:

Zotero lets you

  • Capture citations from library databases - with one click!
  • Retrieve citation information for articles in PDF 
  • Store and organize citations
  • Add research notes
  • Format in-text citations
  • Create bibliographies in different citation styles

Zotero is great for

  • Quickly capturing citations from online databases (including Google Scholar)
  • Creating annotated bibliographies
  • Storing citations on your own computer

See how Zotero compares

Here is a comparison chart of how Zotero stacks up against other citation management software.

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