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About Zotero

  • Free web-browser add-on
  • Collects citation data from articles, webpages, PDF files, ebooks
  • Formats in numerous citation styles including MLA, APA, and Chicago/Turabian
  • Organizes and stores citation data in a personal library with options for note-taking and sharing
  • Creates works cited pages and in-text citations in MS Word

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There are two available versions of Zotero:

  • Zotero for Firefox: works with Firefox web browser
  • Zotero Standalone: works with Safari and Chrome web browsers

For general use, there is little difference between the versions, so it comes down to personal browser preference. Both versions can be installed on the same computer. 

Zotero Citations and Library Lookup

After you create or import a citation in Zotero, you can use the Library Lookup feature to find the full text item on the UT library website. Click on the green arrow Locate button in the Zotero window, and you will see an option for Library Lookup. This uses your authentication as a UT student, staff, or faculty member to search our databases for the citation. 

For this to work, you need to add the Open URL Resolver Information for UT Libraries. To check this information, follow the path: gear > preferences > advanced > general (tab) > Open URL Resolver. Copy and paste this link in the URL space:

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