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Image of the Zotero logo, the word zotero in black text with a red z.

Zotero is a free, open source citation manager with a desktop app, browser extension, and integration with Google Docs, Microsoft Word, and LibreOffice.

Installing Zotero is simple- just 3 easy steps! 

1. Download Zotero. Go to and click on the red Download button. From the download page, download the desktop app and the browser extension, Zotero Connector. 

A screenshot of the Downloads page of, highlighting the download buttons for the desktop app and the browser extension, as well as the register link in the upper right hand corner of the page.

2. Register for an account. Click on the register link in the upper right hand corner of the download page. Fill out the form to create your account. 

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3. Log in to Zotero. Once the Zotero desktop app downloads, find and open Preferences (Mac users: Zotero menu, PC users: Edit menu). Click over to the Sync tab and enter your username and password. Now you're set to use Zotero! 

Screenshot of the Preferences menu of the Zotero Desktop app, open to the sync tab.


Paperpile is a web-based reference citation management system, with emphasis on integration with Google apps and Google Chrome.

Getting Started
1. Select the Start Free Trial option. You will need to login with your SJSU email address.
2. Next,  go to Settings > Account info  and click on "Activate site license"
3. Enter your SJSU email address, and then click the activation link you will receive via email.

Installing the Chrome Extension

When starting Paperpile, it will prompt you to install the browser extension that helps save citations to your library. If the pop-up does not show up, click here to install the extension.