The Ellen Clarke Bertrand Library

BIPP Summer Research Support: Citation Management

What is Zotero?

Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. It enables users to collect, manage, and cite research from all types of sources. It is easy to use, lives in your web browser where you do your work. You can use the Zotero plug-in with Firefox, Chrome, or Safari.

Zotero detects when a book, article, or other resource is being viewed and, with a mouse click, finds and saves the full reference information to a local file. Zotero allows you to attach pdfs, notes, images and screenshots to your citations, to organize them into collections for different projects, and to create bibliographies using Word or OpenOffice.

Zotero's website offers a plethora of tutorials and documentation to support your learning and use of the program. Start with the Quick Start Guide to learn how to install Zotero and for an overview of its features and functionality.

Need more help? Visit the Frequently Asked Questions or Screencast Tutorials pages for more assistance, or get in touch with me.

What is RefWorks?

RefWorks is a web-based service that enables users to create and store lists of citations from anywhere, at any time, and create customized bibliographies. Citations can be added to RefWorks manually or imported from many databases, including the WorldCat library catalog, and even from Google Scholar.  The files that you create can be shared with others, or worked on by a group. The citations can be inserted into Word documents in a citation format you wish to use, such as APA or MLA.

Need help using Refworks?  

Check out these brief videos, or see our RefWorks Help page.

Subject Librarian

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Carrie Pirmann
Bertrand Library
Research Help Area
Office Hours:
Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM