Zotero is a free reference management tool that offers both a downloadable software for Windows, Mac, and Linux and a browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.
Sort research into collections and create keywords as tags
Save and annotate snapshots of web pages within citation library
Unlimited Zotero library sharing with other users at no additional cost
Save publication data from websites, journal articles, newspapers, and PDFs in user’s library
Redirect through the user’s institutional proxy to access PDFs
Available through third-party apps
Zotero Connector (free)
Recommended web browser extension
Saves citations to online Zotero library
Redirects user to institutional subscriptions
Zotero Bookmarklet (free)
Browser extension that takes a snapshot of website, journal, or article
Adds and saves website metadata to Zotero library
Available for most browsers, including mobile and tablet devices
Choose target collection, add tags, and save to Zotero program using Microsoft Edge
Online storage space for Zotero files
Synchronize PDFs, images, web snapshots, and other files across shared computers
Share Zotero attachments in group libraries and access files via Zotero library
Free 300 MB storage with more storage options at affordable rates
ZoteroBib is a free, simple, web-based tool for creating bibliographies, based on the same saving and citation functionality in Zotero.
Zotero Privacy Statement:
“Zotero is open source and developed by an independent, nonprofit organization that has no financial interest in your private information.”
If you want to quickly make a bibliography without making an account or installing a software, you may be interested in ZoteroBib. Similar to tools like CitationMachine and EasyBib, ZoteroBib creates free and accurate citations without advertisements.
UCI provides free Overleaf Professional accounts for all students, faculty and staff. For more information, see the UCI Overleaf website.
For information about Zotero integration with Overleaf, see the following tutorials:
UC Irvine-specific questions can be directed to Carrie Cullen, the Research Librarian for Physical Sciences.