How to Use Zotero

Bite-size search strategies to help you become an expert searcher.


Zotero is a free citation manager that helps you collect, organize, and cite journal articles and other information sources. You need Windows, Mac, or Linux to install Zotero, and you need to use Firefox or Chrome to save citation information from online journal articles and website.

Zotero is available at

ZoteroBib is an online tool that helps you create bibliographies quickly right in a web browser. No installation or account is required.

ZoteroBib is available at

Complete Instructions


Task for learning: Based on the type of work you do, decide whether Zotero or ZoteroBib is the better tool for you.

Review question:

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If you have questions, or if you run into problems that the course does not address, e-mail the University of Ottawa Library at


This online course is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International license. Unless otherwise stated, it is attributed to Mish Boutet, and is based on handouts by Patrick Labelle (also under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0).

[How to Use Zotero online course updated: November 8, 2022]