Citation Tool: Zotero

What Is Zotero?

Zotero Logo Zotero [pronounced zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free citation management tool that can be accessed online at Originally created as a Firefox extension, Zotero has since evolved to include a standalone app that works with other browsers such as Chrome and Safari. Storage capacity: Unlimited on desktop (size restricted by local storage capacity); 300 MB free cloud storage (about 100 articles).

Zotero can be used to:

  • Collect and organize different types of references (e.g. web pages, audio, video, articles, books)
    • Create a citation and capture snapshots of websites
    • Assign tags or create collections to organize materials
  • Insert citations and create bibliographies
    • Plug-ins allow you to insert citations and create bibliographies in Microsoft Word
    • Drag and drop references into any text field (email, blog post, Google docs)
    • Hundreds of citation styles available
  • Work collaboratively with others
    • Create private or public groups
    • Create a library of shared resources
  • Work on any computer
    • Register and create a profile on to sync and access your library from any computer with internet access

No Zotero on Mookini Library Computers

The computers in Mookini Library do not have Zotero installed on them. You will need to use your own device to download and utilize Zotero.

In addition to Zotero, there are other options for reference management software listed on our Citation Builders guide.

See the Citation Tool Feature Comparison Chart to help you decide which citation tool best fits your needs.

Guidebook in Print Collection

Zotero Guide book cover

Zotero: A Guide for Librarians, researchers and educators by Jason Puckett
Call Number: PN171 .F56 P83 2017
Publication Date: 2017

Basic Guide for Using Zotero


We would like to thank Keahiahi Long of Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies at UH Mānoa for sharing her Zotero 101 Libguide template with us.

Need Additional Help?

Resolve your issue by following the appropriate steps on the Zotero Help page .