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Reference Management Software

This Libguide helps you get started with using reference management software.

What is Zotero?

The reference management tool Zotero is an open source tool which is used for managing references. Zotero is compatible with the operating systems Windows, macOS, iOS and Linux and the word prosessors Word, LibreOffice and Google Docs. 

  • Zotero has free storing up to 300 MB
  • is easy to use and can also be used on mobile devices (iOS och Android)


Get started with Zotero

1. Create an account

Create an account at You can choose any email address, it doesn't have to be your Hanken-email. Use a unique password.

2. Download and install Zotero 6 and the extension Zotero Connector wor your browser.

3. Open Zotero and log in to your user account.

Clck on Edit -> Preferences -> Sync -> Fill in your username and password.

Note! If you prefer not to use synchronization in Zotero, you don't need to create an account and log in. In that case you can use Zotero offline and your references will be stored locally on your computer.

Import References to Zotero

You can import references to Zotero in different ways:

  • Using the Zotero Connector (saves references from your browser)
  • Save references directly from library databases (RIS export)
  • Add references by dragging and dropping PDF-files into Zotero
  • Add references manually

This tutorial from Carnegie Mellon University Libraries helps you get started using the reference management software Zotero:

Organize References

This tutorial from Carnegie Mellon University Libraries guides you in how to organize your Mendeley library:

Insert Citations and Create a Bibliography

This tutorial from Carnegie Mellon University Libraries teaches you how to insert citations and create a bibliography in Mendeley:

Create Groups in Zotero

Share your references with others in Zotero by creating groups. The tutorial from Carnegie Mellon University Libraries shows you how..