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CHEM111: General Chemistry I: Organizing Research


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Zotero, pronounced "zoh-TAIR-oh," is a free citation management tool designed to be used on your personal computer.

Zotero helps you save sources and organize bibliographic references for books, articles, web pages, and other sources.  When you write a paper based on the references you collected, Zotero generates citations and bibliographies for you to insert into your document as you write the paper.  It also has a plug-in for most word processors, which is automatically integrated in so you can insert references you have collected as you write.

To Get Zotero:

Zotero can now be used in all browsers, not just Mozilla Firefox.  Open the browser of your choice and go to

Go to the Zotero Download page to begin.

You must download both Zotero 5.0 for your operating system and the Zotero Connector.

If you would like to access Zotero from multiple computers, including those available in the James A. Cannavino Library, register for a account and sync your data to Zotero's servers.

Zotero Guides and Help

Remember when working with Zotero on a library computer, always restart when you are finished!


Mendeley is a means to organize, store, and cite your research and can be installed on your personal computer.  It can also be integrated into most word processors like Microsoft Word and Word for Mac so that you can incorporate your research as you write.

It was originally created for use in the sciences so most science citation styles are available automatically.  

In addition, it will also alert you to new forthcoming research.

To Get Mendeley:

Visit in the browser of your choice.

Create an account to get started.

Go to the Download page to begin. 

  1. Download the desktop software.
  2. Download the Web Importer to capture sources as you search.
  3. Download the Citation Plugin to integrate Mendeley into your Word Processor.

For further help, check out Mendeley's Help Guides.


"ResearchGate is the professional network for scientists and researchers. Over 15 million members from all over the world use it to share, discover, and discuss research. We're guided by our mission to connect the world of science and make research open to all."

As a student, you can join to make connections and save research that you find through ResearchGate.