The university library offers continuously courses in the reference management tool EndNote. However often it can be more suitable to start with Zotero.

Here are a few reasons for using Zotero

  • Zotero is free software. This means that students and employees can continue to use Zotero regardless of their affiliation with UiB.
  • Zotero work for more operating systems. Particularly if you are working on a UNIX computer it is not possible to use EndNote.
  • Zotero is more handy when writing with LaTeX. It generate BibTeX keys based on author and publication year and .bib-files are updated automatically.
  • Zotero can easily synchronize your reference library with a central server. Thus you can use the same reference library on several machines with great ease.
  • With Zotero you can share specific parts of your reference library with a group.
  • Zotero is a very light add-on to firefox that is very easy to install.
  • Zotero can import reference directly from the web pages. Examples include ORIA, BORA and GoogleScholar, Web of Science.
  • Zotero allows to export your library in .ris format that can be easily imported in more advanced reference management tools (such as EndNote).  

Zotero is continuously developed further and there exist many tutorials and help pages online. Below you find an overview about relevant links. Don’t hesitate to ask if you have further questions.  (contact information at the bottom of the page)

Quick start guide from the Zotero homepage. It explains the basics functionalities of Zotero.


More about how to attach files


and how to extract metadata from PDFs you have already on your computer.


You can find a lot of extra plugins, including Better Bib(La)TeX for use of Zotero with LaTex. After installing the plugin you have anew tab in your preferences where you can modify your LaTex key and the synchronization of your BibTex file.


Are you using Google Docs? Here you can find some information how to use Zotero with Google Docs


To use Zotero with a Word processor you can install a plugin that has a ‘cite as you write’ function as known from EndNote.



and some trouble shooting