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Zotero Citation Management Software
Software called citation managers can help you save, organize, and share research and citations.
A citation manager allows you to:
- Import and export files
- Import citation information like author, date, format, and title
- Organize personal research libraries
- Share resources with classmates and colleagues
Once you import a citation, you can:
- Link to the original article
- Save and take notes on resources, including annotating PDFs
- Organize your sources using tags or folders
- Create citations and bibliographies automatically
There are several brands of citation managers like Mendeley, EndNote, and RefWorks. Forsyth Library supports the free, open-source, citation manager called Zotero.
Getting Started with Zotero
Step 1: Install Zotero
You will need to download and install 2 pieces for Zotero to work correctly. Use the link above to download the following:
- Zotero Standalone software application (Windows, macOS, Linux)
- Zotero Connector for your browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Edge)
- Microsoft Word Plugin should be downloaded and installed automatically, but you can install it manually if necessary.
- ZotFile is a free plugin that allows you to rename .pdf's saved through Zotero using the information in your citation. This allows you to keep better track of your downloaded files.
- Zotero Bookmarklet allows you to save items to your Zotero library from a mobile device or a desktop browser that does not have Zotero Connector installed.
- Other plugins are available to add more features and functionality since Zotero is open source
Step 2: Create a Zotero Account
Create a Zotero account in order to sync your Zotero library between multiple computers
Step 3: Use Zotero
View the video links and instructions below to familiarize yourself with Zotero and its features
VIDEO: Saving Sources into Zotero Library
This video describes how to capture and save sources from a library catalog or academic database into your Zotero library.
VIDEO: Inserting Citations into Texts
This video describes how to insert parenthetical citations into a document, insert a list of references from Zotero into Microsoft Word, and making citation corrections and changing formats.
Zotero + ACS
Zotero's Microsoft Word plugin does export citations and reference lists in the American Chemical Society (ACS) citation style. As with ALL citation generation tools, double check the formatting and citations once they've been generated into your document. If you do not see ACS listed automatically in the Citation Style options, Download ACS for Zotero (CSL citation style file).