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Nielsen Library

Citation Management Systems (CMS)

Need help citing your sources and compiling your research? Let us help!

Learning & Engagement Librarian

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Kat Parker
Kat Parker (Nielsen 215)
Liaison to: English, Communications, Theatre, Sociology, Psychology
(719) 587-7196

Zotero is...

"Zotero is a free, open-source research tool that helps you collect, organize, and analyze research and share it in a variety of ways. Zotero includes the best parts of older reference manager software — the ability to store author, title, and publication fields and to export that information as formatted references — and the best aspects of modern software and web applications, such as the ability to organize, tag, and search in advanced ways. Zotero interacts seamlessly with online resources: when it senses you are viewing a book, article, or other object on the web, it can automatically extract and save complete bibliographic references. Zotero effortlessly transmits information to and from other web services and applications, and it runs both as a web service and offline on your personal devices" (

Download & How To Use Zotero

What Zotero provides

  • Zotero helps you organize your research.
  • It gives you a place to collect and store your articles and citations.
  • It also helps you cite your research in the bibliographies/works cited of papers you are writing.
  • Zotero allows you to work across multiple devices (eg. your phone, tablet, laptop and or desktop computer), and then sync your notes.
  • It allows you to collaborate freely with peers. 
  • It's free to use.
  • Apps are available for both Android and IPhones.