Zotero

A resource guide for using Zotero (an open-source, free bibliography management tool) at UCLA.

Zotero or EndNote (or Mendeley or RefWorks)?

Zotero is not the only option out there for managing your citations and formatting bibliographies. UCLA also supports EndNote: the software is deeply discounted at the ASUCLA Computer Store, and the Library has librarians with expertise in EndNote who teach regular workshops. Two other commonly used programs are Mendeley and RefWorks. Here are some links to comparisons between the various citation management programs that might help you figure out which one is right for you.

Mobile Applications

Getting Started

Zotero Extension, Standalone, or Web? A 2-Minute Guide

Zotero can be used in several different configurations. These slides explain the differences, so you can decide which interface is best for your needs. (Ironically, the embedded slideshow below won't work in Firefox; but you can watch it on the original site.)

Zotero Workshops

The Library offers at least one (and often more) Introduction to Zotero and Intermediate Zotero workshop every quarter. Consult the current schedule Research Workshops schedule for times. You can also like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to see reminders about upcoming workshops.

You can also download and follow the step-by-step handouts from the workshops to get started on your own.

Questions? Need More Help?

Send your question to yrl-ref@library.ucla.edu for assistance by e-mail or to schedule a consultation.