Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. It runs on Mac, Windows and Linux as a standalone application. Zotero can also synchronize and keep a copy of your library on its servers, so that you can access your citations from multiple computers and devices. It can also store notes and copies of pdfs or web pages along with citations, so it can be used as a research management tool as well.
You can use Zotero as a stand alone application or in your Firefox browser. We recommend that you install Zotero as a stand alone application.
You can add items to Zotero any time
For more information on entering citations see the Zotero Quick Start Guide, the "Getting stuff into your Library" page, and the "Getting stuff into your Library" screencast. Also the Eastern Michigan University Zotero Guide.
Your Zotero Library: All citations are part of your Zotero library
Collections: A citation may be a member of one or more collections. This can be very useful when collecting references for a project.
Tags: Tags are user assigned, and provide another way to group and categorize citations across collections.
Group Libraries: If you have an account on the Zotero server, you may be a member of group bibliographies. These will also appear in your Zoter stand alone application.
For more information on Grouping see the Zotero Quick Start documenation, the Zotero documentation pages under the heading "Organizing your Library and Taking Notes" and the videos on "Managing your Library".
You can use Zotero to add properly formatted citations in footnotes and bibliographies in Microsoft Word and LibreOffice/OpenOffice/NeoOffice.