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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:



Zotero Workshop


Citations in the Wild: Wrangling Your Citations with Zotero
Thursday, September 21, 2023 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Do you need help organizing your research? Join us for a workshop on Zotero, a free, open-source program for saving citations and creating bibliographies. It’s easy enough for students to learn quickly, but powerful enough for dissertations, theses, and capstone projects. Learn how to use and integrate Zotero into your research assignments. Please visit our Zotero Guide for more information:

  • 4:30pm - Drop-in help for  installing Zotero (optional)
  • 5:00pm - Zotero Presentation

Note: If you are interested in attending this event, please register below.