Zotero is an open source software which you can use free of charge for reference management on Windows, macOS or Linux operating systems.


  • Save bibliographic data during your Internet research
  • Collect and organize your references, add tags to your references and annotate them
  • Save and search full texts
  • Use the plug-in for Microsoft Word and LibreOffice to add citations to your text and to automatically create a bibliography.
  • Select or modify a citation style
  • GoogleDocs integration
  • Subscribe to RSS feeds

You can also create a user account in order to

  • access your data online from any computer
  • synchronize data between various devices
  • work together in teams

Download and installation

Workshops and consultancy services

Current course schedule

Einführung in die Literaturverwaltung mit Zotero (18 April 2024, 1:45–2:45 p.m., via Zoom, in German)

Literaturverwaltung mit Zotero für Fortgeschrittene (11 April 2024, 1:45–2:45 p.m., via Zoom, in German)

We are happy to offer additional courses, if required.


Make an appointment for a consultation or send your questions to



Team Literaturverwaltung

Team Literaturverwaltung

University of Mannheim
Universitätsbibliothek Schloss Schneckenhof West
68161 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
By appointment