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Zotero for Citation Management

Manage your research and create bibliographies with Zotero.


Zotero is free software for your computer. You will need to download both Zotero Standalone and the Zotero browser extension for your browser of choice.

  1. Go to
  2. Under Zotero 5.0 for Mac (or for Windows), click Download.
  3. Under Zotero Connector, Install Chrome Connector (or Firefox Connector or Safari Connector*).

* From Zotero: Apple has discontinued support for full-featured extensions such as the Zotero Connector in Safari 12. For now, we recommend using the Zotero Connector for Firefox or Chrome for the best experience. Alternatively, you can use the Zotero Bookmarklet for basic saving in Safari.

Test It!

Test if Zotero is working:

  1. Find a book in the library catalog. For example: Zotero: A Guide for Librarians, Researchers, and Educators.
  2. In your browser, click the Save to Zotero icon (looks like a blue book).
  3. Check Zotero to see if information about the source was saved.


Zotero has three panels:

  1. The left panel lists your Collections.
  2. The middle panel lists your items.
  3. The right panel provides information about an individual item.

You can also reorder the middle and right panes for a vertical (rather than horizontal) layout. Choose either "Standard" or "Stacked" layout under Preferences > General.

Choose Settings

Most settings can be adjusted in Zotero's Preferences:

  1. Open Zotero.
  2. Find your preferences menu
    1. On Mac, go to Zotero > Preferences menu
    2. On Windows, go to Edit > Preferences menu

‚ÄčRecommended settings to review:

  • Under General, check the Automatically attach associated PDFs checkbox.
  • Under Export, choose the appropriate citation style (e.g., MLA) for your Default Output Format. (You will still be able to choose different citation styles later.)


If Zotero is not working, please follow these steps:

  1. Is Zotero open? If not, open Zotero on your computer.
  2. Is Zotero in the list of your browser's available extensions? If not, return to the Zotero download page and install the appropriate browser extension. You must install the broswer extension separately for each browser (e.g. Firefox, Chrome, Safari).
  3. Did you restart your browser after installing Zotero? If not, restart your browser.
  4. Still having problems? Contact a librarian or visit Zotero's support documentation.