Zotero is a free, open-source reference manager developed since 2006. It has the backing of universities and non-profits.
A reference manager like Zotero lets you manage references, or details of the books, articles, and webpages that you read. Using Zotero you can quickly and easily import the details of any webpage, article, or book that you might later use in a paper. Zotero can store notes and copies of articles. You can organize references by topic. You can even use Zotero to instantly generate a bibliography or works cited list.
In the GIF below, you can see that it takes just 15 seconds to save a reference from a database into Zotero, and to export it from Zotero as bibliography:
There are other products that aim to do the things Zotero does. Why would you use Zotero over alternatives like RefWorks, EndNote, Mendeley, or NoodleTools?
Zotero has many things going for it:
To the extent possible under law, Micah Muer has waived all copyright and related or neighboring rights to Mat-Su College: Zotero, a free citation manager. This work is published from: United States.