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Learn how to use the free citation management software Zotero.

Getting started with Zotero

This guide is designed to help you get started with and use the citation management tool Zotero. Zotero is a free software tool that allows you to collect, organize and access your personal research library from any computer. The Zotero Firefox Extention (for Firefox users) and Zotero Standalone (for Firefox, Chrome, and Safari users) automatically senses content and lets you add that content to your personal Zotero library with a single click. The Zotero plug-in for Microsoft Word and LibreOffice allow you to easily add citations and bibliographies to your paper in a few simple steps.

Download Zotero Extension for Firefox

Basic Instructions:

Go to the Zotero Download page.

Click the Zotero for Firefox link.

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

Click Install Now, and Zotero will download and install. You can either restart Firefox now, or wait until you have installed the word processor plug-in.

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*This video says that a free Zotero account gives you 3MB of storage space. This is an error. A free Zotero account has 300MB of storage space.*

Download Zotero Standalone for Chrome and Safari

Basic Instructions: 

Go to the Zotero Download page.

Click on the Zotero Standalone link.

Install the software as you would any other software program.

Install the connectors for your preferred browser/s:

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