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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 application Zotero and its related tools.

Zotero is a free software application that allows you to collect, organize and access your personal research library from any computer. Zotero is available for GNU/Linux, Windows, and macOS. The Zotero browser connectors (currently for Firefox, Google Chrome, and Safari) automatically sense citations and PDFs and let you add that content to your personal Zotero library with a single click. The Zotero plug-ins for Microsoft Word and LibreOffice allow you to add citations and bibliographies to your paper during the writing process. However, you can easily create a works cited or reference list directly from Zotero that you can add to your completed work.

Follow 1-4 Easy Steps to Downloading Zotero

1.  Create a Zotero account using your email at

2.  Download the desktop version of Zotero for Mac or Windows here:

3.  Download the Zotero Plug-in Connector for your browser here:

4. Sync your Zotero desktop version to your account

Start with Registering for Zotero

While Zotero is free, you still have to register for an account. Please confirm your email address as well. If you would like to be able to access your account after you leave LMU, you may want to use a personal email address instead.

Zotero registration page: