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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)Install the Zotero connector for your Browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Opera).

3)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


Go to Zotero

​You can download Zotero to your computer and then install a connector to the following Browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera.



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.







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 Tools tab in your Zotero account and select Options.


screenshot of zotero options

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

Screenshot of Zotero sync