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Bibliographic Referencing Software

What is Zotero?

Zotero is a free program to help you collect, manage, cite and share your research sources, similar to EndNote and Mendeley.

Zotero can:

  • Collect citations from databases, catalogues and the web.

  • Add PDFs, notes and images to your citations

  • Arrange citations into collections to make them easy to find

  • Share your research with a group or the world, and store it online

  • Add citations and bibliographies as you write

Have a look at our program comparison to see if Zotero is the right bibliographic software for you.

Download Zotero

Zotero is currently in Version 5.

How to use Zotero

This video is shared under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives license from Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.

Zotero and Macquarie

To ensure you are linked to the Library databases, off campus set a preference in Zotero by:

  • Open Library home page

  • Select a database and search

  • When you try to link to Zotero you will be prompted with a message that says Click on Add Proxy

  • Put in your MQ Login and password

Zotero help

Zotero publishes guides to get you started with the program, and there is a big community of Zotero users you can turn to for help. Here are some helpful links, and if you still have questions, contact us!

Citation styles

Zotero comes with fewer referencing styles than EndNote, but more styles can be downloaded or created if necessary.