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Zotero @ the WSU Libraries

Why Zotero?

  • works with most browsers (all, via somewhat limited Zotero bookmarklet)
  • Works with wide variety of content types, including websites
  • Saves PDFs and screenshots ; can attach any sort of online file (although may not be searchable)
  • Saves bibliographic information, notes, tags, and related items
  • Searchable - no more silos
  • useful after you graduate - retain everything, add more 

Web Access:

  • Optional
  • Allows you to access your Zotero Library online, and sync your items between different computers
  • Can just save bibliographic data and notes (free) or add attachments like screenshots and PDFs ($)
  • Basic citation generation
  • Can add or edit online (but better to use the Zotero Bookmarklet if you are adding multiple items, altho it doesn't work with all source types)
  • Can use Zotero's group functionality ( might be able to use this somewhat just via a Zotero account...)
  • Latest update makes it look just like your desktop/laptop Zotero interface


Third-Party Tools:

Zotero's open source-ness has created a pretty rich ecosystem of applications and tools that work with it. Here are a few, and you can find more on the Zotero Plug-ins page.

  • 2/19 - Do you have an Android phone or tablet? Try ZotEX2 (find tutorials under the blog link, and here (link) is a basic recap of functions from the developer).#Requires use of online Zotero
    • 4/2020 UPDATE: I just found a new Android app, Zoo for Zotero. Have not yet checked it out myself, but I will.
  • Do you have an iPad? PaperShip has a great Zotero interface (2019 update: maybe not anymore...I'll look into it and post an update) #Requires use of online Zotero
  • Do you have a tablet of any kind? Just using works well, and you can open, read, and annotate your PDFs in PDF-reading apps like iAnnotate or PDFExpert  #Requires use of Online Zotero.  (Alternatively, ZotFile creates a nice workflow for moving your PDF to your tablet app to annotate them, then moving it back.)
  • ZotFile - extracts PDF annotations into Zotero Notes, works with online storage site like OneDrive, Google Drive; moves articles between a tablet and your Zotero library for easier reading and annotation; and more.
  • Zutilo batch edits tags and much more, including making Relating items easier and making moving from edited volume to chapters and vice versa easier.
  • ....and more!


Screencast Demos - 2019 Update

I'll be adding more to this - I'm trying to make a series of shortish (around 20 minutes) screencasts that demonstrate Zotero.

Zotero Tutorials and Resource Sites

Jason Puckett’s Zotero page (Georgia State) (Jason has also written a book, updated in a 2nd edition, Zotero: A Guide for Librarians, Researchers and Educators)

Hannah Gascho Rempel’s Zotero tutorial (Oregon State University)

Getting Started and Installing Zotero (University of Michigan)

Migrating from EndNote to Zotero (

Migrating from Mendeley to Zotero (

Using Zotero with LaTeX/BibTeX (MIT) : Programmable Search Engine (

Working with Third-Party Zotero Add-ons to Increase Functionality: ZotFile

As a open source tool, Zotero has a robust number of third-party add-ons (plug-ins) that really make it even more useful. You can find a (not comprehensive?) list on Zotero's Documentation Page.

I have started some demo videos for these below.

Other Zotero Screencast How-To Videos

Here are some additional  videos (some I created, some from Zotero's documentation, that may be of use.

Older Stuff That is Probably Outdated and That I Should Probably Delete

12/22/17: This was created as an aid for two webinars I did for WSU's Global Campus. (Links below). It was before Zotero's big 5.x update, so this will be slightly out of date, although mostly still usable.

Zotero Part 1: Getting Things into Zotero:


Zotero Part 2: Getting Things Out of Zotero (and into your research papers!)

[this one was not that good :-(  I was really tired and it shows, especially when I was showing how Zotero works with Microsoft Word. I'll probably do an update and post it here.]

8/2018 update

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