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Reference Management Tool

Zotero @MSU Libraries

The MSU Libraries offer free workshops that will provide you with a comprehensive introduction to using Zotero!
Check the schedule and sign up at MSU Libraries Workshops - Zotero: Citation Management 2.0.

Questions for the MSU Libraries Zotero instruction team? Contact us at

New! January 2016

Online Zotero Tutorial

Learn Zotero at your own pace on your own schedule. This MSU Libraries'-created tutorial covers the same functions as in-person workshops and is tailored for MSU users.


What is Zotero?

Zotero is a free open-source online reference management tool used to collect, organize, and format citations to journal articles, books, websites, and other types of resources.  It works as an extension with the Firefox internet browser. 

In many cases, Zotero will recognize a source that can be saved by displaying an icon in the Firefox address bar allowing you to simply click and add the item instantly to your Zotero library.

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