Research Guides

Cite Your Sources

Use this guide for help creating and managing citations throughout the research and writing process.

Zotero Instruction

There are many tools for managing citations during the research and writing process. At the Graduate Center, the most popular option is Zotero, a free, open source tool that is easy to use and flexible. The library provides Zotero instruction in a variety of ways:

  • Online Step-by-Step Guide: Check out our Using Zotero tutorial.
  • Virtual Office Hours: Stephen Klein holds virtual office hours dedicated to Zotero help on Mondays 1-2pm. Click here to join during Mondays 1-2pm and if another person is being assisted, you'll be kept in the "waiting room" until the librarian is available.
  • Workshops: The library offers Zotero workshops every semester. Consult the library's workshop calendar for information about upcoming workshops.
  • One-on-One Consultations: Request a dedicated one-on-one consultation about Zotero (or other topics).

Zotero Basics

Downloading Zotero

Go to the Zotero Downloads page. It should detect your operating system and browser, and present you with the proper version of Zotero to download, as well as the Connector for the browser you are currently in. Simply click the the appropriate buttons to download the standalone application and browser Connector.

Also browse Zotero plugins for additional tools, including plugins for Microsoft Word and LibreOffice.

Using Zotero on a GC computer? Consult our guide to adding the Zotero Connector to your browser on GC computers.

Additional Citation Managers & Citation Generators