Offers its users the tools to collect, organize, cite, and share research

Developed by Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, Zotero is a software solution for users who need to create and organize articles or other types of documents. It is also extremely effective when you need to add or manage citations that are used in research studies.

After you install the program, you are greeted by a simple interface, with a regular menu at the top, a left panel and the main area for displaying information. Besides that, the GUI doesn't have any remarkable features. It could've had some themes to choose from or a better choice of theme colors.

With Zotero, the collections can be sorted and tagged with keywords. Another noticeable option is that you can create saved searches that, as you work, automatically fill with relevant materials.

In addition to those mentioned above, the program is capable of supporting more than 9000 citation styles, that can be formatted to fit any type of style guide or publication.

Moreover, if you want, you can synchronize data across devices in order to keep the files, notes, and other records up to date. The synchronized data can be accessed from any web browser.

Overall, Zotero is a simple but efficient solution for users who want to always stay in control of their data. It lacks an easier way to use tags or annotations and has poorly designed interface but in the end, it does its job.

John Saunders
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Review summary


  • Offers users the option to synchronize data across devices
  • Supports more than 9000 citation styles
  • Allows collections to be sorted with keywords


  • Lacks an easier way to use tags or annotations
  • The theme colors are outdated
  • Offers no theme selection options
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