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Guide to using Zotero reference management software

Getting started with Zotero

Zotero is a free reference management software package, also known as bibliographic software, which enables you to:

  • Create a personal database of references relevant to you, along with associated files, which will help you to easily manage your research;
  • De-duplicate references retrieved from multiple sources;
  • Insert references into a Word document and format them automatically in a citation style of your choice;
  • Share your reference library with other researchers;
  • Showcase your work to connect and collaborate with researchers worldwide.

Zotero has provided documentation on how to use the software. This guide walks you through the essential parts of the software to help you get started. You can do this by using the navigation menu on the left-hand side. Selected training videos are also highlighted on the Zotero site.

Zotero 7

Zotero 7 is the latest edtion of Zotero, and there have been a few changes in the software however the most visible change is the complere redesign of the look and feel of the Zotero Desktop library and a new Zotero app icon.

One of the main changes in the Desktop library is the way right-hand side panel displays the metadata:

Zotero 7 changes to layout Item metadata 1.

  • The navigation tabs at the top of the panel have been removed and the title of the reference is now at the top.
  • Navigation to the options is now on the ribbon to the right of the metadata panel.
  • To view the various option users can either click on the icons: Info, Abstract, Attachment, Notes, Libraries, Tags and Related.
  • Alternatively users can use the scroll bar to navigare up or down.
  • 'Libraries' is a new addition which shows the collections and libraries the item is in.