Library Labs

Where one can experiment with new information technologies and services. An OSUL 2013 Project.

OSU Library Labs: Zotero

ZOTERO [zoh-TAIR-oh]

A Firefox web browser extension that allows the collection, management, and citing of research sources. It save links, files, and Web pages for later retrieval. Automatically captures citation information and exports the cites in a variety of styles.

Why Zotero?:  The software makes it easier to keep track of networked resources as they are discovered, then retrieved later to create lists of cited works.

How to get ZoteroDownload Zotero 2.0 beta |Download Zotero 1.0 |(remember: this is an extension for Firefox only).

Features Include:

  • Capture of citation information from web pages
  • Storage of PDFs, files, images, links, and whole web pages
  • Flexible notetaking with autosave
  • As-you-type search through materials
  • Playlist-like library organization, including saved searches and tags
  • Platform for new forms of digital research that can be extended with other web tools and services
  • Formatted citation export
  • Free and open source
  • Integration with Microsoft Word and OpenOffice
  • Saves records and notes in any language
  • Integration with WordPress and other blogging software


Zotero is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

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1 Comment

  1. Have you checked out Archivd? Personally, I’ve found its metadata extraction to be more useful for my research than Zotero’s.

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