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Zotero for Citation Management

Manage your research and create bibliographies with Zotero.

What's Zotero?

  • Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] helps you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.
  • It's free and easy to use.
  • It's software for your computer.
  • You have the option to also create a cloud account to sync your library.

Zotero Quick Start

  1. Install Zotero (and browser connectors) from
  2. As you research, save sources by clicking on the Save to Zotero icon (looks like a book, sheet of paper, webcam, etc. depending on the source type) in your browser's toolbar or URL bar.
  3. Organize your sources in Zotero with collections or tags. Edit source information as needed. Take notes if you like.
  4. Create citations and bibliographies by selecting items, right-clicking, and choosing Create bibliography from items. If you are using a word processor, you may prefer the Microsoft Word (or LibreOffice) Plugin.
  5. Optionally sync your Zotero library in the cloud by creating a free online Zotero account at

More detailed instructions are offered in the rest of this how-to guide.

Upgrading to Zotero 5?


If you're upgrading to Zotero 5 from a previous Zotero 4 installation, you'll need to make sure your Zotero library is not open when you install the new version of Zotero.

  • If you were previously using only the standalone version of Zotero, simply close Zotero when you are installing the new version.
  • If you were previously using the Firefox version of Zotero, you will need to remove this, as the Firefox version of Zotero is no longer supported (read more here about this change). 
    1. Either: 
      1. Use another browser (Chrome or Safari) to install Zotero 5, or
      2. Going into your Firefox extensions and "disable" Zotero for Firefox, and then insall Zotero 5 
    2. After you have installed Zotero 5, you can go into your Firefox extensions and "remove" the Zotero for Firefox extension.
    3. Make sure to add the Zotero for Firefox connector by going to using Firefox.

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