Zotero is a free, open-source tool that allows you to:
You can create and access your library of resources through Zotero by creating a free account, downloading the desktop app to your personal device, and by adding the browser extension to your preferred internet browser.
In addition to the Zotero software detailed below, you can also quickly generate a citation or bibliography entry using ZoteroBib. ZoteroBib is fully online, so there is no need to create an account or install anything to use the service.
To use Zotero while on any public computer at the library or on-campus, you'll need to create an account. Creating an account gives you access to all of the sources you currently have saved, along with free cloud storage that can be used to store your citations.
To create a Zotero account:
While Zotero cannot be downloaded onto the library's computers, you can still download the Zotero desktop app onto your personal computer. Zotero is compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems (OS), and much like your online Zotero account, can be used in the same way to keep track of your reference sources.
To download the Zotero desktop app:
If you've already created a Zotero account, you can sync the desktop app to your account, which will allow you to access your reference library from anywhere.
To sync your account with the Zotero desktop app:
After you've linked your account, Zotero will begin syncing your reference library, allowing you to access your library from anywhere through your account.
Zotero has an easy to use tool that installs in any web browser called the Save to Zotero button. With this browser extension, you can save a set of search results, an individual article, or a screenshot of a page directly to your Zotero desktop app. You can also easily edit the metadata of your saved resources prior to importing them into Zotero. The Save to Zotero button grabs information from any web page – in some cases a complete article – and adds it to your Zotero library.
To add the Save to Zotero button to your browser from Zotero, click on Tools at the top menu of the Zotero desktop app, and select Install Browser Connector.
This will link you to the Zotero webpage where you can install the browser extension.
If the webpage does not open in your preferred internet browser, you can either select the Show all connectors link at the bottom left of the screen, or you can copy the URL and paste it into your preferred browser.
Once you’ve installed the extension, you're ready to use the Save to Zotero button to capture information. Depending on the content of the page, Zotero will save the information as a news article or a screenshot, or will give you the option to save multiple resources from a database directly to your Zotero library. All of these options will retain access to the original site from which the information was recieved.