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Zotero: Getting Started

What is Zotero?

Zotero (zoh-TAIR-oh) is a free, online tool that allows you to store and organize citations for your research, as well as create citations and bibliographies, all from your internet browser!

Have a Chromebook?

Chromebook Logo

Chromebook users are currently not able to download the Zotero desktop app unless they run Linux concurrently with ChromeOS. For instructions on how to install Linux on a Chromebook, see this tutorial from Ubuntu

Zotero on the web will still work, as long as the appropriate extension is installed on the browser. Jump to the Zotero + Chromebooks tab for more info. 

Getting Started

There are two steps to installing Zotero:

  • First, install the Zotero desktop client to your computer. Be sure to close MS Word and Google Docs before installing so the Word and Google Docs Toolbars can be installed.
  • Next, install the extension for your web browser. Zotero works best with Google Chrome and Safari. Zotero does not work with Internet Explorer/Edge.

Screenshot of Zotero download screen

While downloading, register for a free account using a username and password you'll remember. Check your email after you registering so that you can authenticate your account.

Zotero log in screen

Syncing your Zotero Account

After creating your account, you'll need to sync it to your Zotero desktop app. From the app, select Edit, then Preferences. (If you are on a Mac computer, select Zotero, then Preferences). Enter your Zotero username and password to log into your account. 

Sync button in Zotero Preferences

Your Zotero Specialist

Ruth Torstenson LeMasters's picture
Ruth Torstenson LeMasters
Contact:
rtorsten@smumn.edu
507-457-6664
Website

Want to attend in-person training?

We're happy to do in-person training on using Zotero for your course, department, or student group. Fill out the form here to request a session. A librarian will reach out to you ASAP!