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Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. It lives right where you do your work— in the web browser itself.
Zotero can accessed by downloading the Windows Zotero application and the connector for the browser going forward. Plugins for Microsoft Word and LibreOffice are also included. It works best in the Firefox browser.
Zotero is, at the most basic level, a reference manager. It is designed to store, manage, and cite bibliographic references, such as books and articles. In Zotero, each of these references constitutes an item.
Every item contains different metadata, depending on what type it is. Items can be everything from books, articles, and documents to web pages, artwork, films, sound recordings, bills, cases, or statutes, among many others.