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Citation Management Tools

About Zotero

Zotero is a citation management tool that's free to download and that offers 300 MB of storage free of charge; additional storage is available for a yearly fee.

Zotero is available for Mac, Windows, and Linux and is available in desktop and web versions.

In addition to downloading Zotero, it is recommended that you install the Zotero Connector for whichever browser(s) you use regularly, since doing this will allow you to save references to Zotero from your browser. Connectors are available for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari.

Note that the UMGC Library does not provide support for Zotero; please see Zotero's help page if you need help with using this tool.

Getting Started with Zotero

Finding Full Text

Zotero will automatically pull PDFs that are freely available online, but you can also connect your Zotero account to the UMGC Library to get access to PDFs available from UMGC Library databases. To do this: 

  1. Log in to your Zotero account
  2. On a PC, navigate to the Tools tab; on a Mac, navigate to the Zotero tab
  3. Under General, look for Advanced
  4. Copy and paste the following link into the box next to Resolver: under the Open URL heading:


How to Insert Zotero Citations and References into a Word Document

Using Zotero for Academic Writing