Zotero (pronounced "zoh-TAIR-oh") is a free research tool created to help collect, organize, share, and cite sources. As the Zotero website explains: "Zotero is, at the most basic level, a reference manager. It is designed to store, manage, and cite bibliographic references, such as books and articles. In Zotero, each of these references constitutes an item. More broadly, Zotero is a powerful tool for collecting and organizing research information and sources."
Currently in 5.0, Zotero is available for Mac, Windows, and Linux operating systems. The tool is packaged in two main parts:
Zotero Standalone, a desktop application that stores your citations and provides extensive functionality for sharing, sorting, and organizing
Zotero Connector, browser extensions for Chrome, Safari, and Firefox that allow you to save citations (including websites, search results, article PDFs, and library records) from your browser
Zotero's features include:
Many thanks to librarians at Syracuse, Johns Hopkins, and Georgia State, who generously granted permission to copy and adapt their Zotero LibGuides.