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Citation Management

Information for ATSU-supported Citation & Reference Managers

Get Zotero

Download Zotero

Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.

Download Zotero as either a:

  • Fully-integrated Browser Plugin for Firefox, with all features and functionality
  • Standalone Application with Browser Extensions for:

Zotero works with Windows, Mac OS, Linux i686, and Linux x86_64.

Import Other Citation Libraries into Zotero

Zotero allows you to import your existing citation library from most other reference management software programs.

To import such libraries into Zotero, start by exporting the bibliographic data from your other software program.

Then, in Zotero:

  1. Click the gear icon (gear icon) and select “Import…”.
  2. Browse to your file and select it
  3. Click the “Open” button.
  4. This should import the exported items into your Zotero library in a date-stamped collection.

For detailed instructions on how to make the switch from Endnote to Zotero, see Importing Records From EndNote

Zotero can import these formats:

  • Bibliontology RDF
  • BibTeX
  • Endnote XML 
  • MEDLINE/nbib
  • MODS
  • OVID Tagged
  • PubMed XML
  • Refer/BibIX (discourage if any other option present)
  • RefWorks Tagged (recommend for ReferenceWorks)
  • RIS 
  • Web of Science Tagged
  • XML ContextObject
  • Unqualified Dublin Core RDF
  • Zotero RDF

Add AMA Citation Style to Zotero

Open up Zotero, click on the Actions button, and select Preferences

Image of Zotero Preferences menu


Select the Cite tab

Click on Styles

Click on Get Additional Styles

 Image of Styles menus

Search for AMA or the style you need

Image of Zotero Style Repository

Click 'Install' and the style will appear as a citation option in Zotero:

Word Processor Plugins for Zotero

Zotero offers Word Processor Plugins that will add a Zotero Toolbar to Microsoft Word or LibreOffice

The Toolbar provides a number of functions :

  • Insert Citation
  • Edit Citation
  • Insert Bibliography
  • Edit Bibliography
  • Refresh
  • Document Preferences
  • Remove Codes to Lock Updates

More detailed information is available here.

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Zotero for Mobile

Icons for Zotero compatible apps

Zotero is mobile-optimized and will allow you to access and edit your Zotero library on your tablet or mobile phone via your browser.

Zotero also integrates with several third-party apps, of which ATSU recommends and supports BrowZine.

BrowZine is available for both iOS and Android, offers most open access and ATSU-subscribed journals on one platform, and can send articles directly to your Zotero collection.

These others are also available:

More detailed information is available here.