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Zotero – Reference management tool

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What is Zotero?

Zotero is a reference management tool and it’s an open-source program that is free to download and use.
This program was developed as a project of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, and was initially funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
Zotero collects, manages and cites sources in a similar way as EndNote and RefWorks. It works with Windows, Mac or Linux systems



You can download Zotero from as:

  • Zotero for Firefox: Zotero as an extension to Firefox. Here you have to use the Firefox browser.
  • Zotero Standalone: If you don’t use Firefox as your browser, you can download Zotero Standalone. Zotero Standalone is a separate, browser-independent application. For Zotero to work properly you need to install connectors. You can download connectors for Safari, Chrome and Opera.
  • Zotero bookmarklet: If you use other browsers than mentioned above or you don’t wish to install extensions or software to your computer you can use Zotero bookmarklet. It will work with any browser including mobile/tablet browsers. Zotero bookmarklet will save the items directly into your online library at (You must register with username and password before you can create an online library)


You can use Zotero with:


The Zotero library:


Advantages with Zotero

    • Free up to 300 MB of storage.
    • Easy to use to make references to webpages.
    • Automatically imports PDFs when possible.
    • Good at retrieving PDF metadata.
    • Easy import of citations via browser plug-in.
    • Works well with Word, LibreOffice, LaTeX/BibTeX, Google docs.
    • You can still use Zotero after you finished studying or quit working at NTNU because it is free. That is not the case with EndNote and RefWorks which require a licence.
    • Good support from user community at


Tips and tricks


Good luck with using Zotero.




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