Zotero and How It Works: Zotero? What is it?

This guide has been prepared to offer help with Zotero, an open access bibliographic management tool. URL: https://libguides.cmich.edu/Zotero

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What is Zotero?

Zotero is an open-access, easy-to-use bibliographic management tool that helps you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.  Designed by Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media and initially funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Zotero runs on the Windows, Mac X, and Linux operating systems. 

Zotero is your personal research assistant that lives right in your computer's web browser (we do not recommend using it from public machines at this time due to known logout issues -- will update you on this as we know more).  It is an extension for the Firefox web-browser that runs in its own pane within Firefox, separately from web pages. If downloaded to your USB drive, your Zotero library can travel with you, no matter whether you are working from your home, office, or the library.  There is also a standalone version available that works with Google Chrome and Safari. 

Zotero automatically senses content and collects all your research in a single, searchable interface. You can add PDFs, images, audio and video files, snapshots of web pages, and more.  Zotero spontaneously indexes the full-text content of your library, enabling you to find exactly what you're looking for with just a few keystrokes. 

 Please note that Zotero may not work very well with SmartSearch (Primo) catalogs, especially when trying to import articles.  

This guide is under construction, so if you have feedback to make it better, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Aparna Zambare.

Many thanks to Keith Stanger of Eastern Michigan University for allowing us to use content from his guide in building our guide.  

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