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PTK International Honors Program: Zotero citation collector

A free online tool to help you collect and organize your research and create citations

Billed as your personal research assistant, Zotero is a free online tool that helps you collect, organize, cite, and share research.

Please see the University of California-Berkeley's exhaustive library guide to using Zotero here.

Create an account and Install Zotero

Zotero citation collector


Zotero is a tool that collects, manages, and cites the sources you find during your research. In addition to saving a citation, you can add notes and images in your Zotero library and in many cases automatically download PDFs.

You can use Zotero to...

  • Create and organize a personal database of references
  • Import references automatically from many websites and library E-resources
  • Format bibliographies in your papers

Why use Zotero over another tool, like RefWorks or Endnote?

  • Your Zotero library is saved locally and though it is possible for you to create a cloud space and sync your citations, it requires you to adjust your settings on every computer you use Zotero with. If you do your research and write mostly on one computer, Zotero is a great option.
  • Zotero can be used offline. An internet connection is not necessary to work with your Zotero library.

ZoteroBib bibliography creator

With ZoteroBib, you can create a bibliography from any computer or device without creating an account or installing software. You'll be able to create citations in the citation styles we use at Cañada College, APA, MLA, CSE and Chicago. 

You can copy or type in an ISBNDOIPubMed ID, or title. On the web page that displays the item you want to add to your bibliography, copy the URL from the browser's address bar

Go to and paste the URL into the search box and click "Cite." Zotero extracts the bibliographic data and creates a citation. Edit the citation as needed. When finished, click "Close" and your citation is added to your bibliography. 

Under "Bibliography," choose the preferred citation style. Double-click on any entries that require additional editing.

Choose an Export option from the drop-down menu when you are done.

Visit the ZoteroBib FAQ for more details.