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Zotero 101: Tips and How-Tos

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Keahiahi Sharon Long
Laka me Lono Resource Center
Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies
Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

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What Is Zotero?

Zotero is a free citation management tool, available at  It was created originally as a Firefox extension, but has since evolved to include a standalone app that works with other browsers, such as Chrome and Safari.

Zotero is most useful for:

  • Collecting and organizing different types of references (e.g. web pages, audio, video, articles, books)
    • Create a citation and capture snapshots of websites
    • Assign tags or create collections to organize materials as you see fit
  • Inserting citations and creating bibliographies
    • Plugins allow you to insert citations and create bibliographies in Word docs
    • Drag and drop references into any text field (email, blog post, Google docs)
    • Hundreds of citation styles available
  • Working collaboratively
    • Create private or public groups, and create a library of shared resources
  • Working on any computer
    • Register and create a profile on to sync and access your library from any computer with internet access

"Using Zotero" Guides