Copy & paste formatted APA/Chicago/MLA citations into your bibliography.
- Easy to learn and use
- An excellent tool for Bachelors and Masters-level students
- Supports APA, MLA, and Chicago style
- No account creation or software downloads required
- Please note: Citations are automatically formatted and need to be reviewed for accuracy
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Save citations & PDFs while researching and insert them later into papers.
- Allows you to create a personal library of citations and PDF files. Most PDF files are automatically imported along with the citation.
- Cost: Free and open source. Students can continue to use Zotero after graduation.
- Set-up required: Downloading Zotero and a word processor plugin.
- Difficulty: Usually takes several days for experienced researchers to learn. Google Scholar is a more suitable tool for undergraduates or new researchers.
- Styles: APA, MLA, and thousands of other styles. Easy to switch between styles.
- Storage: Citation library is stored on your computer. You can sync between computers and store data online. Zotero provides 300 MB of online storage (~300 PDFs). If needed, additional space can be purchased for a small hosting fee.
- Organization: Helps you organize your resources and collaborate with other researchers.
- Browser compatibility: Zotero is compatible with Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Safari. It can also be used as a standalone program on computers with Mac OS X, Windows, or Linux.
- Word processor compatibility: MS Word, NeoOffice, LibreOffice, and OpenOffice.
- Citations are automatically formatted and need to be reviewed for accuracy.
Quick Start Guide
Please note: several Zotero improvements are leading us to recommend Zotero as the best citation
tool for advanced researchers. Read more about these improvements. Learn how to export your RefWorks citations to Zotero.