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What is Zotero?

"Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use browser extension to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources. It lives right where you do your work—in the web browser itself."-- Zotero
  • Organize your sources (books, articles, webpages) for research papers and articles 
  • Add web-based resources to your Zotero collection as you research via the browser extension
  • Generate bibliographies in all major styles, including Bluebook
  • Store and search PDFs, images, and web pages
  • Create in-text citations and bibliographies via Word or Google Docs plug-ins (link)
  • Collaborate and share resources with colleagues or students (link)

Installing Zotero

Zotero will run on any operating system. 

To install, go to and click the red "Download" button. Click "Install Now" and follow the instructions. 

If you see the message “Firefox prevented this site from asking you to install software on your computer," click "Allow".

If you have any problems, check the Zotero installation page.

Other Helpful Software

Zotero is a great tool, but not a perfect solution for all research. Check the BC Law Library's research guide for Using Legal Citation Checking and Citation Management Software Guide for more suggestions.