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Citation Help: Zotero

Getting Started with Zotero

What is Zotero?

Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.

Why use Zotero?

  • Free (up to 300 MB of storage)
  • Add citations with just a click
  • Create citations from PDFs

How do you get started?

1)Download and install Zotero.

2)Register for a free account.

3)Sync your account 

4)Start adding citations!

Learn More about Zotero

  • Browse the website
  • Read past questions and discussions on the Zotero forum
  • Read user guides, installation instructions and FAQs here
  • Watch Zotero video tutorials

Download Zotero

Go to Zotero

Zotero for Firefox

    1. Do you have Firefox? It's a web browser like Internet Explorer. Install it first if you don't have it - Zotero was originally designed for use with Firefox.
    2. Click on the Download Zotero box and then click on the Zotero for Firefox.
    3. A window will pop up "Firefox prevented this site from asking you to install software on your computer," please click on Allow
    4. Restart your Browser and you will see a black Z in the right hand corner of your Firefox Browser window

Zotero for Firefox - Word or LibreOffice Plugin

You can also install the Firefox plugin for Word or Libreoffice which allows you to insert citations and bibliographies directly into your document.

  1. Click on the link Add a plugin for Word or LibreOffice and select your version of Word for Office or Mac or for LibreOffice.
  2. Click on Allow when you see the message Firefox prevented this site from asking you to install software on your computer.
  3. Restart your Browser.

Zotero for Standalone

Zotero Standalone runs as a separate application and plugs into your choice of browser. You can use Firefox, Chrome or Safari.

Plugins for Word and LibreOffice are included.

For more information about Zotero Standalone, please check out their Installation Guide.

Please be aware that Lakehead has no institutional connection to Zotero, which is a freely developed and freely accessible online resource. Although the Zotero user forums are quite useful, Zotero does not provide official support to its users. Lakehead library staff will be happy to assist you with Zotero as a fellow user, but we will be unable to intervene on your behalf to address problems such as lost data, which was sometimes possible with RefWorks.






Creating an Account in Zotero

How do you create an account in Zotero?

After you download Zotero, you will be prompted to register for a Zotero Account.

Sync your Zotero account

Syncing your Zotero Account is a way to  that you can work from different computers and ensure that your citations are saved to your account.

How do you sync your Zotero account?

Click on the gear icon in your Zotero account and select Preferences.

screenshot of gear icon in Zotero

Click on the Sync tab and enter your Zotero username and password.

screenshot of syncing your Zotero account

For more information about syncing your Zotero account, please check out their Syncing Guide.