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Zotero citation management: About Zotero

Zotero and your own device

We recommend that you install Zotero on your own device. Follow steps below.

01: Go to [click here]
02: Download Zotero (Windows - macOS - Linux 32-bit - Linux 64-bit)

The MSWord/Open Office plugin is installed by default
03: Install Zotero Connector [click here] (Chrome - Firefox - Safari - Opera]

See also this screencast for installation advice/instructions.

For instant results refer to zoterobib [here].

About Zotero

Zotero (pronounced "zoh-TAIR-oh" = Albanian word "zotëroj," which means “to acquire, to master,” in terms of learning.) is an application that collects, manages, and cites your research sources. It's easy to use, connects with your web browser where you do your work, and best of all it's free. Zotero allows you to attach PDFs, notes and images to your citations, organise them into collections for different projects, and create bibliographies.


IMPORTANT: Always cross-check reference lists and in-text citations for accuracy and consistency. No one reference management application is 100% reliable! You can cross-check against the correct citation notation via our Cite Them Right online referencing tool [click here]. Alternatively, refer to the Cite them right: the essential referencing guide [click here].


Choosing the Cite Them Right 10th edition output style in Zotero means any reference with four or more authors will be referenced as follows:

Colgan, P.A. et al. (2008) Radiation doses received by the Irish population. Dublin: Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland.

However, historically, the preferred format in DCU was to include all authors in the full reference (see below) in which case you would have to manually edit the references in your reference list.

Colgan, P.A., Organo, C., Hone, C. and Fenton, D. (2008) Radiation doses received by the Irish population. Dublin: Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland.

As always be consistent and check with your lecturer what their preferred reference list style is!