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Zotero Reference & Citation Management: Home

Use Zotero to collect, manage and cite your research resources, create collections for research projects, share your data with your collaborators, and generate bibliographies.

What can Zotero do?

What can Zotero do?

Zotero is a free tool which means you don't need a subscription through UNM to access it.

Icons of a download arrow, a folder with a document in it, and a checklist. This is a visual to quickly show the options for Mendeley which are listed below the image.

  • Import PDFs directly into your personal Zotero Library.
  • Import website links into your personal Zotero Library.

  • Create groups to share PDFs and/or citations.

  • Create in-text and works cited lists.

  • Save citations online or through the desktop download. Zotero's online component works like the cloud, syncing your library across computers and online.

  • Organize and search your own personal resource library.

    • Create folders and subfolders

    • Create your own tags for items

    • Search across your entire Zotero library

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Registering with & Downloading Zotero

To register for a Zotero account, go to and click on 'Register' at the top right of the screen. Create a username and password. Zotero will send you an email to confirm your account. You can sync your account across devices with the desktop download and utilize your account with any internet connection.

Download the Desktop Application

Once you've created an account you can download Zotero by clicking on 'Download Now'

Image of Zotero homepage that has the download now button highlighted.

Download the Browser Connection

With Zotero you can download citations and materials from the internet with the browser connector. You can use Zotero with Firefox, Chrome, or Safari. There is no version compatible with Internet Explorer. You should be prompted to download the connector once you've created your Zotero account and can add it any time by going to the Zotero homepage.

Mendeley & Zotero Compared

Feature Mendeley Zotero
Free Y Y
Has online & desktop component Y


Can save PDFs & links Y Y
Built in PDF Reader (with annotating) Y*


Creates works cited citations Y


Creates in-text citations with Google N Y
Creates in-text citations with Word Y Y
Group sharing capabilities Y** Y
Ability to create folders for organizing Y Y
Ability to create tags for organizing Y Y
Ability to star favorite/important docs Y N
Ability to search entire library Y Y


*With the Mendeley built in PDF reader you can annotate PDFs by adding highlights and notes. These notes can be exported from Mendeley but it worth knowing that the highlighting will not be transferred out if you ever wish to export the PDF.

**Group sharing with Mendeley is limited. If you are creating a group that shares PDFs you can only have 1 of these with up to 3 people. If you wish to just share citations there are more allowances.

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Switching to Zotero

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