Collecting, organizing, and citing your references

Zotero Options

Zotero is available in two formats:

You can install both Zotero Standalone and Zotero for Firefox and use both on the same computer.

You must install Zotero on every computer that you are using for your research.  Using a computer lab?  You can install Zotero for Firefox during your session and then uninstall when done.

Zotero Firefox Plugin

Zotero for Firefox runs as a plugin for the Firefox web browser, not as a separate program.

The same version of Zotero for Firefox works on any computer that runs Firefox; there are no separate Windows and Mac versions.

Choose Zotero for Firefox if:

  • You use the Firefox browser
  • You prefer to have Zotero as a pane inside your browser instead of a separate window

Getting and Installing Zotero

Download Now button for ZoteroZotero will run on any operating system. Installation only takes a few seconds but you must install Zotero on every computer that you are using for your research.

. To install:

  1. Go to http://www.zotero.org/ and click the red "Download" button. Click "Install Now" and follow the instructions.

  2. Choose Zotero for Firefox.

  3. When you see the message “Firefox prevented this site from asking you to install software on your computer," click "Allow".
    Firefox Message

  4. Restart Firefox and you're all set! Zotero icon in toolbar

 How do you know Zotero is running?  Look for the Z in the top right menu bar.  Don't see it?  You may have to go to View > Toolbars and add the Z icon to your title bar. 

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


Install the World Processor Plugins

These plugins integrate Zotero with your word processor and allow you to easily cite items from your Zotero library in your papers.

Once installed, you will see the Zotero icons in your word processor.  For instance, in MS Word 2010, they will appear under the Add Ons menu:

Zotero Icons in Microsoft Word

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