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An overview of Zotero: A free and easy to use citation management tool.

What is Zotero



Zotero is a free open-source citation management tool designed to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research. With Zotero, you can attach screenshots, PDFs, images, and notes to your citations, create bibliographies from a wide array of citation styles, and share your bibliographies with the Group Library feature.

Zotero Privacy Policy: "Zotero is an open-source project committed to providing the best research tool available anywhere. Our philosophy is that what you put into Zotero is yours, and one of our founding principles is to make sure you remain in control of your data and can share it how you like — or choose not to share it at all. We are an independent, nonprofit organization and have no financial interest in your private information. We fund further development by offering additional online storage space to people who find the software useful, not by selling data." (from Zotero Privacy Policy Overview)

Zotero Data Security: "Zotero was created with the philosophy that your research data belongs to you and should be kept secure and private by default. All Zotero software is open-source and can be audited for security and privacy practices. Unlike many cloud-based tools, the Zotero desktop application is a local program that runs on your computer and saves all research data locally by default. Unless you explicitly set up syncing, your research data never leaves your computer. If institutional policies prevent uploading of data to third-party servers, Zotero can always be used locally without syncing any data, but syncing is required to use group functionality." (from Security of Zotero Data)

About the Author of this Zotero Guide

Tiffany C. Esteban maintains this Zotero guide. She works as the Digital Scholarship Associate at the Humanities and Social Sciences Library West, where she does consultation and instruction sessions focused on digital humanities. She uses Zotero regularly and believes that Zotero's policies align with her politics as an information professional. She recommends it to students, researchers, and instructors who are looking for a citation management tool that centers their needs, data, and privacy. She also supports those who choose not to use citation management software in their work for whatever reason.

Off-Campus Access

For off-campus access to library-licensed online journal articles, academic databases, and other online resources, use the UF VPN (virtual private network).

UF VPN Download and Installation Instructions

UF Libraries Off-Campus Access Options

Google Chrome Zotero Plugin

For Google Chrome users who want to install the Zotero plugin, please contact the UF IT Computing Help Desk. UF IT restricts admin privileges for users with UF Google accounts, so their staff would be able to help you install the Zotero plugin on your device.

UF IT Computing Help Desk


Phone: (352) 392 - 4357


For their virtual chat service or walk-in hours, please visit their website.


Zotero 6 Update

As of March 17, 2022, Zotero has a new update -- version 6 -- which lets you read and annotate PDFs directly, and integrate your annotations with other word processing tools.

For a short list of what's been added to Zotero, please see the Library Journal's news article.

For a detailed description of all the new features, please see Zotero's blog post, "Zotero 6: Your research workflow, transformed".

Zotero Help


For custom group workshops or one-on-one sessions on Zotero and library research basics, please contact Tiffany C. Esteban by email.

Zotero Documentation:

Below is a list of helpful documentation made by the Zotero team. Tiffany C. Esteban compiled this list based on questions from her consultations and workshops.

Download and Install:

Downloads: Desktop and Browser Connectors

Installation and Update Guide

Quick Start Guide

Sync and Import Data:

How Zotero Saves and Stores Data and Files

Importing to Zotero from Other Citation Management Systems

Large-Scale Imports from Other Databases (Google Scholar, ProQuest, Web of Science)

Word Plugin:

Zotero Word Processor Plugin Installation

Zotero Word Processor Plugin Usage

Troubleshooting, Supported Languages, FAQs, etc.:

Troubleshooting Problems Saving to Zotero

Supported Languages

Group Libraries: Group Types and Privacy Settings

Frequently Asked Questions

Zotero Support Documentation Table of Contents

Zotero Bib for quick citations

Zotero Consultant

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Gainesville, Florida 32611

Citation Management

This Zotero guide is part of a series of citation management guides created by experts from the UF Libraries. For help and training with other citation management software, visit the list of UF Libraries' citation management experts.

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