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Zotero is free, open source software that comes as both a Firefox extension and stand-alone program that helps you collect, manage, and cite your research sources. We recommend Zotero to undergraduates and users who have short-term research projects. (Graduate students and those working on lengthy projects are better served by the features of EndNote.)

Installing Zotero

  1. Download Zotero Zotero is available as a Firefox Addon or as a standalone version. The standalone version can be used with Google Chrome or Safari extensions.
  2. Create an account (it's free)
  3. Configure Zotero preferences (gear button)
    1. Add your account information to the Sync tab
    2. Set your citation style (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc) in the Export tab
    3. Configure proxy redirection on the Proxies tab (not available in stand-alone): On campus users should disable this feature. Off campus users can Automatically recognize proxied resources (but disable when your domain name contains Zotero should prompt you to store the Virginia Tech proxy (Off Campus Sign In) URL the first time it is needed.
    4. Add Virginia Tech's openurl resolver: to the Advanced tab

Citation Manager Information

Guide to citation managers like Zotero

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