Reference management with Zotero
Zotero is a platform-independent software for reference management and knowledge organisation. Zotero is installed in all PC pools at the University of Bamberg.
Download and installation
There are numerous plugins to extend the functions of Zotero. The plugin for your word processing programme (Microsoft Word, LibreOffice, GoogleDocs) is automatically installed. For LaTeX, we recommend the Better BibTeX plugin.
Please also install the browser add-on Zotero Connector to save references and PDF documents directly from the browser to Zotero.
Storage settings and Data Protection
By default, Zotero stores bibliographic data and the associated PDFs in a local folder. We recommend using the IT-Service's file server (= network drive) for this purpose, so that you do not have to worry about backups of your bibliographic data.
The University of Bamberg provides its members with unlimited Zotero storage space for this purpose. To claim this, you must add your university email address (...@uni-bamberg.de or ...@stud.uni-bamberg.de) in your account settings. You can create the account itself with a different email address.
For students and staff who have already had experience with the use of reference management programmes, the University Library provides assistance with individual questions and problems.
For example, we can help you
- when switching from Citavi to Zotero,
- with complex citations,
- in special cases of literature import and export,
- optimising knowledge organisation.