Skip to main content

Citation Managers at UMass

Get started with Zotero

1. Download Zotero 5.0 for Windows or Mac AND the browser connector, and register for a free account.

2. Open Zotero.  In your browser, search for an article.

3. Click the Zotero icon at the top of your browser to save a citation from that page.  It will look different   depending on how many articles there are in your list. A pop-up window will appear on the upper right of the screen and will indicate where your citations are being save in your Zotero library

4. To manually add a citation, highlight the folder you plan to use. Click the new item button  and choose the type of item you would like to add.  Type in each field necessary for your citation.

5. Edit citations by clicking on a field.

6. Create and edit folders to organize your work. To move an item to Trash, right click, and choose "Move Item to Trash."  Items stay in the "Trash" folder until you empty it.

7. Search UMass Amherst collections for PDFs by clicking on Edit > Preferences > Advanced tab. Click "Search for Resolvers" in Open URL box. 

8. Writing your paper, use the Zotero tab in Word  


or Libra Office      


or Google Docs       to insert citations and a bibliography.