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Zotero (pronounced "zoh-TAIR-oh") is an application that collects, manages, and cites research sources. It's easy to use, connects with your web browser to download sources, and best of all it's free.
Zotero allows you to attach PDFs, notes and images to your citations, organize them into collections for different projects, and create bibliographies.
If you need a quick bibliography but not the complete Zotero management system, check out ZoteroBib!
To use Zotero, you'll need to install two things:
Both of these are available from Zotero.
Connectors allow your web browser to save citations to your Zotero library.
The Zotero downloads page should automatically detect what browser you're using and give you a link.
Each browser has its own version of the Zotero connector, so if you use Chrome, Firefox and Safari you'll need to install all three.