Monday, October 7, 2013

Citations Made Easy with Zotero

Writing research papers can be tough when collecting information from various types of resources. This is when Zotero comes into play to make your life a bit easier. Zotero is easy and free to use once you create an account. You can download the application right to your computer desktop and save both articles and resource information with a click of your mouse.

Not only can you collect your resources and resource information for citations on Zotero; but you can also use it as an organizer for your various projects, sync and collaborate with your fellow group members when working in a collaborative research paper/project.

Collect – Grab your website or article with a single click located in the search bar.

Organize – Organize your resources within folders and use tags to organize the items with keywords.

Cite – The citation tool will allow you to create footnotes, endnotes, in-text citations and a bibliography. This way you can spend all your time focusing on your research and writing your paper.

Sync – Are you away from your home/work computer, but you still need to access your Zotero account? The sync function will allow you to access your information anywhere.  Just log-on to and you can gain access to your personal library.

Collaborate – Working on a group project, but you’re not sure how to keep everyone on the same page with what you’ve collected regarding your share of the research? This is when Zotero can help you out. You can create group folders and save everything for your project in one general location for everyone to see. You could be in New York and they could be in New Jersey and Zotero makes it so that it’s like you’re sitting in the same room working on the project.

So make your life easier and create a Zotero account today!

Posted on October 7, 2013 I Blog post by Nicole LaMoreaux, M.L.S. (Daytime Librarian)