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Citation Management: Zotero (Free)

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 for access to a:

  • Browser Plugin with Cloud Storage
    • Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Edge
  • Desktop Utility with additional storage and functionality
    • 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.

Quick Citation - ZoteroBib

Zotero Bib is a free service that will provide you with an automatically formatted citation and quick bibliography.

Who makes this?  This is a fee and advertisement free service provided by a non-profit organization that offers Zotero, a full-service citation manager.
What is the difference between Zotero Bib and Zotero? 
  • Zotero Bib offers a more limited set of options for citation building and does not require installation on a desktop or provide cloud storage.
  • Zotero is a much more robust citation manager that allows for long-term storage, organization, and sharing of citation libraries that requires desktop installation and cloud-based storage.
Why use this? If you need a quickly formatted citation or short bibliography for a paper or blog post, Zotero Bib is a very useful tool.
Does this allow annotation and editing?


  1. To add notes, more information, or edit errors in a citation, click on the citation on the screen.
  2. You will be presented with a large number of editable fields, including an "extra" notes field at the bottom.
How do you use Zotero Bib?
  1. Select your preferred citation style from the box below the search box.
    1. You can also switch between these after you have found your initial citation and automatically change your citation's style.
  2. Copy and paste an article, book, or other document's url, PMID, DOI, ISBN, or other identifier into the search box at the top.
  3. Scroll down to find all citations added during your session.
    1. These will stay in your browser cache until you clear it, so you will be able to see them when you visit this site. 
  4. Choose Export to export your complete bibliography from this session.