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Citation and Referencing Guide: Zotero & ZoteroBib

This guide provides resources to support your citation and referencing practice in line with academic requirements

Overview of Zotero

Zotero is a reference management software that helps you collect, organise, cite and share your research material, like any other.

But why choose Zotero over others?

  • It is a product of a non-profit organisation. It was created and developed by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media which is part of George Mason University.
  • It is free to use. You don't have to rely on your institution's subscription on a proprietary software. You use it as an individual, not as part of an institution.
  • It is open source and it is free to make changes to its code (if you want).
  • Because it is open source, there is a highly responsive support system that is maintained by expert community members and developers.
  • It is not after your personal data or money (unless you want to buy extra storage space).
  • You can curate items by one click from webpages and academic databases.
  • Once registered, you can use all of its features. That includes third party developments.
  • Word processor integration for MS Word, Mac Word, LibreOffice and Google Docs.
  • It houses and maintains more than 9000 citation styles.
  • It constantly develops itself. Latest feature is ZoteroBib that helps you build a bibliography instantly from any computer or device, without creating an account or installing any software.

Zotero screenshot

Where to find Zotero

On campus machines:

  • Zotero is available on all PCs in University learning spaces via AppsAnywhere
  • Once you launch Zotero, it also installs the MS Word word processor plugin on the machine.

On your own device (laptop or PC)

Zotero videos

Making a quick reference list using ZoteroBib

Zoterobib is a free website that can be used to quickly create your in-text citations and reference list. It supports thousands of styles, including Westminster Harvard, and is very easy to use.