Zotero works as both an add-on for the Firefox browser (that works on many different operating systems) and (via the standalone version) with both Safari and Chrome. Zotero also adds functionality to Microsoft Word (Mac or Windows) and OpenOffice (Mac, Windows, Linux) through a citation plugin.
Watch this brief overview video to see Zotero in action.
Zotero will run on any operating system. It requires Mozilla Firefox 3.0 or greater. Installation only takes a few seconds.
To install, go to http://www.zotero.org/ and click the red "Download" button. Click "Install Now" and follow the instructions.
If you see the message “Firefox prevented this site from asking you to install software on your computer," click "Allow".
Restart Firefox and you're all set! You'll see a small Zotero button at the bottom of your Firefox window.
If you have any problems, check the Zotero installation page.
Please note these instructions from zotero.org:
The latest version of the Mac Word plugin for Zotero 2.0 is 3.0b3. The plugin is compatible with Word 2004 and 2008 and OS X 10.4 (Tiger) or newer:
Word 2008 users: The Word 2008 plugin uses the Word script menu rather than a toolbar.
Word 2016 users: The Word 2016 plugin using the Word Add-Ins menu.
Use this form to register for a new Zotero account. You need a Zotero account to use the groups features and to enable syncing.
Watch this video for visual instructions for setting up a Zotero account
Open Zotero, Select the "gear" menu and "Preferences"
Select the "Sync" tab from the Preferences menu and add your account information.
When you sync the first time, you may need to use the sync now button to get the sync started immediately.
Zotero's Groups feature allows you to share references with other Zotero users online. It's a great way to work on collaborative research projects.
Watch this video for a good overview of Zotero Groups
First, log in at Zotero.org. There's a "Log In" link in the top right corner of the page.
Quick tip: Be sure to setup Group settings This is where you name your group, invite group members, and determine access rights for your group members. On the Library Tab for your group, be sure to give your group members rights to add and edit (if that's appropriate).
Zotero works with an enormous number of citation formats. You can set your default format from the preference menu:
If you would like any associated PDFs attached to your Zotero citation information, you must select the box "Automatically attach associated PDFs and other files when saving items" from the "gear" menu / preferences / general:
More about Zotero and PDFs: Retrieving PDF Metadata
You've probably seen the Find It! button in some article databases that allows you to locate the full text of an article online. Zotero allows you to use the same feature.
To enable Zotero to access the Find It! server, click the gear button on the Zotero toolbar and choose Preferences. At the bottom of the preferences window's advanced tab, paste this url into the "OpenURL" box:
Then select OK. Once you've set this up, you can click the Library Lookup button on any citation you're viewing to search for the item online.
It might seem like a great idea to check the box to "enable proxy redirection," but it's really not. Especially if you do research at several universities, this option can cause problems and general proxy confusion. Please keep the box un-checked:
Hands-on activity: go to EBSCOhost Academic Search Complete and do a search (sample search: intimate partner violence). Select any single item. Click on book icon in location bar. Open Zotero window, click icon to see reference added to library.
Try adding citations from a publisher web site - Elsevier - Child Abuse & Neglect
Zotero also works with ProQuest databases, such as Dissertations Full Text (sample search: intimate partner violence).
Using Zotero with Voyager (our Library Catalog)
Zotero can't automatically capture citation info from regular web pages, but you can still add them to your Zotero library.
To save a citation to a web page: Open your library by clicking the Zotero button Click the “Create new item” button to save the citation.
Zotero automatically attaches a “snapshot” of the page to the citation.
A snapshot is a copy of the page saved to your computer. It includes the page's text and images, so if the page is removed later,
Using the New York Times search results, choose a blog entry and "Create New Item from Current Page."
In Zotero Standalone, you will not see the icon from the Zotero panel. You can find the snapshot functionality from the "right-click" menu.
Click the folder icon () at the top left of the Zotero window to create a new collection (Zotero calls folders "collections"). To populate the collection/folder, you can:
Important Notes About Folders:
Download the Plug-in for Word or Open Office from http://www.zotero.org/support/word_processor_plugin_installation. From Word, you can now access Zotero from the Add-ins tab.
More about Using Zotero with Microsoft Word
After all the care and feeding you will do to grow your Zotero library, is there anything more important than backing up your files? No? I didn't think so. Please backup your data early and often. The details are available at: http://www.zotero.org/support/zotero_data.