Zotero: Getting Started

Zotero is a reference management tool that helps you to organize your references

Getting Started

Zotero is a free, open source, easy to use tool that helps you collect, organize, annotate, cite, and share research.  Use Zotero as your personal research assistant for all of your academic and scholarly projects. 

Download and install Zotero just as you would any other program. You will also need to install at least one browser connector to allow your browser to save items to your Zotero library.

Connectors are available for Firefox, Chrome, Edge, and Safari.

Install Zotero

Download and install Zotero from the Zotero website.

There's a different version for each operating system: Windows, Mac or Linux.  Zotero's website will identify your operating system and will allow you to download the proper version.

Installing the Zotero program will also install Zotero's word processor integrations for Microsoft Word and LibreOffice.

Version Information: as of the summer of 2023, the stable release of Zotero is version 6, and this guide covers the features available in version 6.  Zotero version 7 is in beta and can be installed in parallel to version 6 for comparison.  See the Zotero forums for more information.

Install Connectors

Connectors allow your web browser to save citations to your Zotero library.

Open Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Edge and click the Zotero Connector link for that browser to install it.

Each browser has its own version of the Zotero connector, so if you want to use multiple browsers, you'll need to install a compatible connector for each.

Installing a browser connector will also install Zotero's word processor integration for Google Docs in that browser.

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