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A Guide for CSD Faculty

APA Citation Style

Citation Management

Zotero is a powerful citation management tool that allows you to instantly save citations and easily generate a works cited list (bibliography).

  • Download Zotero and the Zotero connector for your browser
  • Set up syncing to keep your library up to date across devices
  • Four ways to capture and save citations:
    1. Use the "save to Zotero" icon in the upper right corner of your browser
    2. Use the "export citation" tool in a library database
    3. Use an identifier such as a DOI, PMID, or ISBN
    4. Enter citation information into Zotero manually
  • Use the Zotero toolbar in Word to add in-text citations and populate your Works Cited list
Use Zotero to keep your research organized!
  • Create folders and subfolders
  • Drag saved PDFs from your computer into your Zotero library to generate citations
  • Attach saved PDFs to items in your library 
  • WARNING: The storage limit for a free account is 300MB. This is a generous amount, but if you are saving a significant number of articles you may hit the limit. To avoid having to upgrade to a paid account, turn off automatic attachment of associated PDFs in your Zotero account preferences. Instead, link to full text using database permalinks.
Extra tips:
  • Practice using Zotero before you are working under a deadline. It's easy to use once you get the hang of it!
  • Clean up citations in your library - check for errors and missing information after citations are exported 
    • Zotero can help! For example, if an article title goes into Zotero in all caps, right click on it and "transform text" to "sentence case."
  • Watch the video tutorial below for a Zotero demonstration!

Other citation managers: