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Getting Started with Zotero

Zotero (pronounced "zoh-TAIR-oh") is a software program that collects, manages, and cites research sources. It's free, easy to use, and works with your web browser as you search.  With one click, Zotero will save web pages, books, PDFs, abstracts, and almost anything else with all its citation information.

Zotero allows you to attach PDFs, notes and images to your citations, organize them into collections for different projects, and create bibliographies.  You can access your citations from multiple computers and share them with colleagues.

This program is open source and being updated with new features and bibliographic styles all the time.

For a look at more of Zotero's features, read the Zotero Quick Start Guide.

This guide is intended to get you set up and ready to use Zotero's most obvious features to improve your research and citation management.  If you are looking for help with a specific problem, try the Zotero website  or contact someone on UNB Libraries' Zotero team.


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The content of this guide is modelled on Harvard University's Zotero: Getting Started guide, the Zotero Quick Start Guide, and Jason Puckett's Zotero Guide at Georgia State University.

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