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Zotero is a Firefox addon that collects, manages, and cites your sources. It's free, easy to use, and suitable for all levels of research.
Last Updated: Oct 22, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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About Zotero

What Zotero Does                          

Zotero (pronounced "zoh-TAIR-oh") is a Firefox addon that collects, manages, and cites research sources. It's easy to use, lives in your web browser where you do your work, and best of all it's free. Zotero allows you to attach PDFs, notes and images to your citations, organize them into collections for different projects, and create bibliographies. Zotero uses cloud storage so you can access your library from any computer and work in groups online.

Using This Guide

This guide is several pages long -- use the tabs across the top to navigate through topics.

Zotero Quick Start Guide

See also this great guide published by the Zotero developers themselves. Also available as a PDF that you could print.


Getting & Installing Zotero

Zotero will run on any operating system. It requires Mozilla Firefox (a free internet browser) 3.0 or greater. Installation only takes a few seconds. To install:

  1. Go to and click the red "Download" button. Click "Install Now" and follow the instructions.
  2. When you see the message “Firefox prevented this site from asking you to install software on your computer," click "Allow". It's a standard message anytime you install anything in Firefox.
  3. Restart Firefox and you're all set! You'll see a small Zotero button at the bottom of your Firefox window.

If you have any problems, check the Zotero installation page.

Note: You'll probably also want to download and install the Microsoft Word citation plugin (or the OpenOffice plugin). These allow you to easily cite items from your Zotero library in your papers.

There is a beta version of Zotero for other internet browsers and a standalone version, but this is still under production and we recommend using Firefox for Zotero if you are able to.

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This guide is created by Carolyn Caffrey Gardner at Jim Dan Hill Library is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 United States License.
Much of the content is based on a work at by Jason Puckett.

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