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Zotero is a bibliographic management tool that allows you to gather, organize, cite, and share all types of sources. Zotero “senses” content in your web browser and allows you to save items to your library with a single click.

Setting up Zotero

  1. Download and install Zotero for Windows, Mac, or Linux from
    1. If the installation is successful, you will be able to open Zotero on your computer and a Zotero ribbon tab should appear in Word or LibreOffice.
    2. If the Zotero ribbon tab is not present, manually install the Zotero Word Processor Plugin.
  2. After installing the program, return to and install the connector for your preferred browser. Firefox and Chrome are supported.
    1. If the installation is successful, you’ll see a “Save to Zotero” button when you open your browser and a Zotero menu tab in Google Docs.

For a video walkthrough of installing Zotero, please view this video.  For more information on using Zotero after installation, please see this handout or continue navigating this guide page.

Key Features

Zotero (pronounced "zoh-TAIR-oh") is an application that collects, manages, and cites research sources.

  • Automatically extract citation information from websites, library catalogs, databases, and more.
  • Save PDF files, images, screenshots, and other files.
  • Enter notes and tags that can be search to build easy connections between sources.
  • Automatically create formatted bibliographies in many different styles.
  • Use Zotero with word processing programs like Microsoft Word and OpenOffice.
  • Sync the citations and files you save online across multiple devices.
  • Share your saved information online with groups.
  • As an open source program, Zotero is free.

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