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How to Use Zotero

A guide to using the Zotero citation management tool

Learn to Use Zotero

VeronicaSet up your appointment to learn to use Zotero (WSU student, faculty, or staff only)

Hi, I'm Veronica Bielat, the Student Success Librarian. I can get you up and running with Zotero in 30 minutes. Set up your online or in-person appointment, and get started with Zotero. 

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AI Disclaimer

Do not use AI to suggest references to read/cite

Please be aware that ChatGPT and other AI services can produce incorrect, made-up references that cannot be sourced. Whilst some individual parts of an AI-generated reference may be accurate (such as the journal name, article or book title or an author) the whole reference does not usually exist so cannot be found by our library team.

If you have a reference that you cannot find, our team may ask where it came from so that we can ensure it is legitimate before attempting to find it. If you need assistance, please use our 24/7 library chat service. 

What is Zotero?

Zotero home page screen

Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh]

  • is a citation management tool that formats your bibliographies in APA, MLA, and many other citation styles
  • is free and open source
  • helps store and organize your research sources
  • includes a free cloud back-up
  • is an excellent choice if you usually use your own laptop or desktop computer for research and writing