Zotero is a free citation management tool developed at George Mason University. Its basic purpose and functionality is similar to RefWorks, but instead of tracking your citations in a web database, it saves citations locally on your computer, and makes your citations available from any computer by syncing. Zotero works with Mac, PC, and Linux systems.


1. Install through the Zotero website. Zotero downloads as a standalone application, and a browser extension (available for Chrome, Safari, and Firefox) can also be downloaded for easily adding citations to Zotero.

2. Create a Zotero account. After installation, it is strongly recommended you register for a Zotero account to enable syncing and groups.

3. Quick Start Guide. Zotero offers a quick start guide to help new users understand how to use the tool. The guide covers organizing, collecting, citing, and collaborating with groups.

Some common questions: