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Reference Managers

Multiple free and subscription software applications are available to help you organize your references and create bibliographies for large projects.

For details about reference managers, see Wikipedia's Comparison of Reference Managers.

Features of Zotero

Zotero is a free reference manager run by the non-profit, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. You can store all types of files in your Zotero account along with their references.

  • All software is online, with the option of installing a standalone on your computer
  • Works with PCs or Macs
  • Comes with 300MB of free storage
  • Can organize and store references in parent and child folders
  • Creates bibliographies in 13 different citation styles
  • Consistently captures references and files using browser extensions
  • Provides plug-ins for Microsoft Word and OpenOffice to allow insertion of in-text citations and dynamic bibliographies
  • Export files are compatible with BibTeX, EndNote, Mendeley, and RefWorks 

You can sign up for your free Zotero account at https://www.zotero.org/. You can purchase additional storage through annual fees - see Upgrade Storage at the top right. comparison of reference managers is available in Wikipedia.

Drawbacks of Zotero

  1. You must use Mozilla Firefox to capture references and documents, unless you are willing to install Zotero on your computer, which is compatible with multiple browsers
  2. Limited number of citation styles
  3. Not as user friendly as RefWorks or Mendeley
  4. Need to do clean up of references before producing bibliographies.

Video Tutorials: Installation

These excellent videos were created in 2015 by Nicholas Cifuentes-Goodbody, professor in Doha, Qatar. See his entire series of Zotero tutorials at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXt-tu7G1H3vlRXLmGyOzeAp7ZKDK0pty

Video Tutorials: Basic Functions

These excellent videos were created in 2015 by Nicholas Cifuentes-Goodbody, professor in Doha, Qatar. See his entire series of Zotero tutorials at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXt-tu7G1H3vlRXLmGyOzeAp7ZKDK0pty

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