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Welcome to the GC guide to Zotero! Zotero (pronounced "zoh-TAIR-oh") is an application that collects, manages, and cites research sources. It's easy to use, connects with your web browser to download sources, and best of all, it's free.
Zotero is what's known as a citation manager. If you're looking at a scholarly source, you can click one button in your web browser to save all the citation information about that source to your Zotero library. You can use Zotero to create bibliographies and works cited pages, as well as keep up with all your citations for different projects.
While there are other citation managers out there, Zotero is the only one that's free and open source. It's created and run by a non-profit organization that places a strong emphasis on the privacy of your information.
Use the links on the left side of this guide to walk through the steps of installing Zotero on your computer and using it to manage your sources! If you get stuck, send me an email; I can answer your question that way, or we can set up a time for a one-on-one (virtual or in-person) appointment for Zotero assistance.
If you're still wondering why you should use Zotero, check out this page from Zotero about the benefits of using their software.
This video, from the library at Wake Forest University, also does a great job of explaining what Zotero is and why you might want to use it: