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Answered By: Carl Hess
Last Updated: Jun 13, 2024     Views: 12

Zotero is a citation manager. Citation mangers help you organize and cite your sources, whether or your own work or for a group project.

Zotero can help you:

There are three different versions of Zotero: desktop app, mobile app, and web library. These different interfaces all allow you to do the tasks above. There are a few differences in how they work, which you can see below.

  • Desktop App
    • App that downloads to your desktop or laptop computer.
    • Has access all Zotero's citation management features, including word processor integration, making it the most complete version of Zotero.
    • Does not require creating an account.
    • Stores files locally on your computer unless you create an account. Then you can sync files across computers using cloud storage.
    • Available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Not available on Chromebooks.
  • Web Library
    • Accesses Zotero from your internet browser.
    • Has most of Zotero's features for saving, annotating, and sharing citations but cannot work with the word processor plugins, so you will need to generate a citation in Zotero when citing.
    • Requires creating an account.
    • Can access files from anywhere using cloud storage.
    • Available on any web browser.
  • Mobile App
    • Allows for using Zotero on a mobile device.
    • Has most of Zotero's features for saving, annotating, and sharing citations but cannot work with the word processor plugins, so you will need to generate a citation in Zotero when citing.
    • Requires creating an account.
    • Can access files from anywhere using cloud storage.
    • Available for iOS and optimized for both iPhone and iPad.

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