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Zotero is a free literature management program for collecting, managing and citing online and offline sources. Source citations can be taken directly from web browsers such as Firefox, Safari, Chrome and Edge via the connector. Zotero runs on Windows, macOS and Linux. For TUHH Institutes Zotero Standalone is available via Empirum-Softwareverteilservice.

Import and export functions for the exchange with other literature management programs such as Citavi, Endnote or Mendeley are available. As a literature management program, Zotero supports the editing of bibliographic information and literature lists for Word, LibreOffice and Google Docs.

Get Zotero

In addition to the local installation, Zotero offers web access. This allows you to synchronize your own library, share collections with other Zotero members, and access your own collection online. If Zotero is not installed locally, references can also be transferred directly to the online library.


Collect data

  • Grab meta data from catalogs, databases or websites in your browser. Many sites support Zotero.
    Zotero Datenübernahme
  • Import files from databases in export formats like RIS or BibTeX
  • Add items automatically using ISBN number, Digital Object Identifier (DOI), or PubMed ID
  • Save screenshots of websites as a reference
  • Linked PDFs are downloaded automatically if possibly
  • Use Drag & Drop to add linked PDFs or other local files

Organize data

  • Integrated PDF reader with full-text search and options for highlighting, notes, and image annotations
  • Supplementing the bibliographic data with tags and notes
  • Notes can be supplemented with citations and images and directly integrated into common writing environments such as Word, LibreOffice or Google Docs via the “Add note” option
  • Notes can be exported to external Markdown editors with links back to Zotero elements and PDFs
  • Related records can be linked together
  • Duplicate Merge
  • Organization of entries in collections. Documents can be part of multiple collections
  • Searches within Zotero can be stored as filters and thus create dynamic compilations

Citations and Bibliography

  • Use Drag & Drop to add references to any document, e-mail or website
  • Zotero integrates into Word and LibreOffice / OpenOffice to add citations and bibliography. Citation styles can be changed easily for the whole document
  • Download citation styles from Zotero style repository
  • BibTeX Export

Sync and collaborate: zotero.org

  • Library back-up against Zotero Sync Server
  • Files can be synced seperately. Alternative servers can be used: e.g. WebDAV at TUHH
  • Web access and online editing
  • Zotero users can create groups for collaboration. They may be all private, have a public website but closed membership or just be open to anybody.



E-mail: literaturverwaltung@tuhh.de

Alexander Unteutsch
Telephone: +49 40 42878 2855

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