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About Zotero

Photo by Karin DalzielWhat Zotero Does

Zotero (pronounced "zoh-TAIR-oh") is a Firefox addon (don't have Firefox? Download Firefox here) that collects, manages, and cites research sources. It's easy to use, lives in your web browser where you do your work, and best of all it's free. Zotero allows you to attach PDFs, notes and images to your citations, organize them into collections for different projects, and create bibliographies using Word or OpenOffice.

Since it's a Firefox plugin, it automatically updates itself periodically to work with new online sources and new bibliographic styles.

Using This Guide

This guide is several pages long -- use the tabs across the top to navigate through topics, or the "Print Entire Guide" link in the bottom right to print the whole thing. 

Zotero Quick Start Guide

Check out this great guide published by the Zotero developers. Also available as a PDF.

Here is a short but comprehensive Zotero product review written by the health science librarian Katie Harding from University of Sakatchewan.

Getting and Installing Zotero

**Before installing Zotero, make sure that your browser (Firefox or Chrome are recommended) are up to date.**

To install, go to the Zotero download page and click to download the version designed for your platform (Mac, Windows, Linux). You should also install the Zotero Connector for Chrome if you plan to use that browser. You can also browse and install any third-party plugins that you think might be useful. You can find these at the bottom of the page. 

Zotero has a helpful installation guide that you can reference to troubleshoot any installation problems that you might experience. and click the red "Download" button. Click "Install Now" and follow the instructions.

After installation, restart your browser and you'll be ready to begin using Zotero!

You'll probably also want to download and install the Google Docs or Microsoft Word citation plugin (or the OpenOffice plugin if you're using OpenOffice). These allow you to easily cite items from your Zotero library in your papers.

Research Assistance

Reference Desk

Librarians can help you learn to make the most of the information resources, tools, and services of Murphy Library and beyond!

Weekdays & Sunday afternoons (fall/spring):

  • Visit us at the reference desk (1st floor)
  • Call us at 608.785.8508
  • Web Chat with us

Any time (year-round):

Local history and/or archives research? Special Collections / Area Research Center specialists are available!


We all stand on the shoulders of giants; I thank Jason Puckett, Instruction Librarian at Georgia State University for my re-use and revision of his Zotero LibGuide.  Other information comes directly from Zotero.

Creative Commons License

This guide is licensed by Georgia State University Library under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.