Zotero is a free reference management software. It allows you to collect references in one place and add references and a bibliography to your text. Zotero can be used both via the user interface installed on your own computer and via the web.
Zotero consist of:
Connector for Firefox and Chrome browsers.
Zotero Standalone desktop program
Word and LibreOffice integration plugin
Save references to your Zotero account library (My Library)
There are many ways to save references.
Saves references and documents from databases and web pages using the browser's Zotero Connector utility.
Save references from databases as .ris, .xml, or .bib files
If you know an ISBN, DOI, PubMed ID, or arXiv ID, you can use it to add a reference directly
Import references from other reference management programs e.g. RIS or .bib files
In cases where you find yourself with a local PDF or other file on your computer — for example, if you received a file via email — you can drag it to Zotero, either onto an existing item to create a child attachment or between items to create a standalone attachment.
Manually enter reference information
Zotero citation and bibliography features
Add/Edit Citation: you can select the sources you want from your own Zotero library, make a text reference and edit it if necessary.
Add Note: Add notes
Add/Edit Bibliography: Add and edit bibliography
Document Preferences: choosing a citation style
Refresh: updates the references and bibliography to match the metadata in your Zotero library.
Unlink Citations: Remove Zotero field codes. N.B. this change irreversible, the connection with Zotero is broken and ordinary text remains.
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You can add the LibKey address of the University of Oulu from the settings (Preferences – Advanced)
The account copies your reference data to Zotero's servers, allowing you to sync the data across multiple devices. It also allows you to share references with other users.
The account is associated with the desktop app from the Edit > Preferences > Sync. You can also create an account here.
YouTube Video (1:21) How to install Zotero (made by Georgia State University)
No registration is required if you only use Zotero on one machine. If you want to use the program on more than one computer, sync your Zotero library between several computers, make a backup copy of your reference library, or want to share folders with a colleague, you need to create an account with Zotero. You can create an account at: https://www.zotero.org/user/register/
There are no storage limits in the desktop version of Zotero. You can store unlimited data in your Zotero account, but the limit for attachments (e.g.pdf) in the free version is 300 MB, additional space is chargeable.