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Manage your references with Zotero

Zotero is a program that helps to insert correct references and bibliography into your text.

For many years, EndNote has been one of the world's most used reference management programs. Several generations of students and university staff have used this program. This will continue, since the library still offers classes and support in EndNote.

EndNote is a fairly extensive and comprehensive program that can be challenging to master, and some students and staff have been experiencing technical issues with EndNote. The library would therefore like to offer an alternative, starting this term with classes and support in Zotero.

Zotero was first introduced in 2006. It is managed by the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University in Virginia. Zotero is a free, open and cloud based program. This means that it is easily available on all platforms and can be used everywhere. If you create an account, you can access your library on any computer. Zotero interacts with Word in the same way as EndNote and can also be used with LaTeX.

Users may find Zotero easier to use than EndNote, and it usually requires less technical skills. It’s therefore suitable for students and staff at all levels, including bachelor students.

We have made a quick guide to Zotero, and there is a lot of information on Zotero's own support pages.


There will be introductory classes on Zotero in English the following dates:

  •     September 17th, 13.15 - 15.00
  •     November 16th, 10.15 - 12.00


Both classes are in the Study lab, on the lower ground floor of the library at Ullandhaug.

You can download Zotero for Windows or Mac here. You should do this before the introductory class. Remember to download both the program and a Zotero Connector for your browser. 

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