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Zotero: Getting Started


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Zotero is a free, open source, easy-to-use citation management tool that helps you to collect, manage, cite, and share your research sources.

It works either as a Standalone program that is connected to an internet browser (Chrome, Safari, or Firefox), or as a Firefefox add-in which operates as a window within your browser.

Designed to be intuitive and unobtrusive (it looks a lot like an iTunes library), Zotero is a powerful and handy tool for any academic.

Zotero works on all three major operating systems: PC, Mac, and Linux.

Setting up Zotero

  1. Go to
    • Select register
    • Fill out the registration form
    • Authenticate your account via your email
      If you want to use Zotero after graduation, you may want to register with a personal email account
  2. Download Zotero For Firefox or Zotero Standalone at
    • Not sure if you should get the Standalone or For-Firefox version? Read 'What Version Should I Choose'
    • If you are using Standalone, also install the Zotero browser extension
  3. Open Zotero 
    • In Firefox, open Zotero by selecting the ‘Z’ in the upper-right hand corner
    • If using Chrome or Safari, open Zotero on the desktop
  4. Sync Zotero to your account 
    • In your Zotero library, select the Gear Icon-->Preferences-->Sync:
    • Enter in your account information
    • Click the Green sync button in the upper-right hand corner


  1. Start adding references!


This guide is based on the Zotero LibGuide by Marie Sciangula

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