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Senior Thesis 2019-20: Citing Sources

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Zotero is a free, easy-to-use software that can help you collect, manage and cite your research sources. It functions as a stand-alone desktop application that can be used with Firefox, Chrome, Opera, or Safari. (The Firefox browser extension version of Zotero is no longer available due to changes in code of the browser.) It has a group function that enables multiple users to share citations. Install zotero by visiting

Zotero documentation includes information on installation and a helpful Quick Start Guide, as well as a FAQ.

Getting Started with Zotero

Zotero has a number of screencast guides that explain the basics of using the software. 

To get started, you need to download Zotero standalone, which can be used with Firefox, Chrome, Opera, or Safari. You also need to download the Zotero Connector for the browser you use. This lets the browser communicate with your Zotero database. Before you start collecting citations, open the Zotero standalone application. It will appear in a separate window and will enable you to send citations from Chrome or Safari to your Zotero library.


You may want to consider using EndNote as your citation manager if you are majoring in the sciences, or if you only will access a citation manager from the internet rather than on your own computer.

Whitman currently supports EndNote X7 and EndNote X8. However, Clarivate is introducing EndNote X9 soon, so they will gradually be ending their support for EndNote X7. For example, you can no longer set up a sync of EndNote X7 on your computer with EndNote online (although if you had set up a sync before January 2018, it should still work). 

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