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This guide can help you get started using the citation management tool Zotero.

Setting Up Zotero

1. Create a free account 

All you need is an email address to register for a free Zotero account- click on the "Register for Zotero" link below. 

  • After you have verified your email address with Zotero, click on the "My Library" tab to begin using your Zotero library.  

2.  Install Zotero for Firefox, and the Zotero browser extension

Click on the "Download Zotero" link below to see the browser options available.

  • Zotero for Firefox operates as a pane inside your browser window. This allows you to search the web and add resources, while also being able to view and manage your Zotero library within the same window. If you download Zotero for Firefox, it will automatically include the browser extension.  
  • Browser extensions allow you to save resources to your Zotero account with a single click. Your Zotero library will automatically detect the type of resource, and extract all the necessary citation information. 

3.  Download Zotero Standalone*

*This step is optional if you are using Zotero for Firefox. If you are using Chrome or Safari, Zotero Standalone gives you a place to organize, edit and import your sources. The software for Zotero Standalone can also be found by clicking on the "Download Zotero" link below. 

  • Zotero Standalone operates as a separate program outside of your web browser
  • Install connectors in Zotero Standalone to save citations added from the browser extensions

4.  Sync your Zotero account to Zotero for Firefox or Zotero Standalone by clicking on the "Actions" gear icon in your tool bar, select preferences then click the "Sync" tab to enter your Zotero account information.

  • This allows you to sync your Zotero library across all platforms. 

Zotero Mobile Apps

Zotero recommends the following apps for iOS users to manage their library from a mobile device. 

"BibUp allows you to create bibliographic references by scanning books barcodes and extracts of text. The references, including the OCRed text, can be viewed on a web page and collected using the Zotero plugin for Firefox."

"PaperShip is an iPad, iPhone and Mac application designed to give you access to your Mendeley / Zotero library on-the-go. You will enjoy to annotate your PDFs with highlights, notes, free text, drawings and much more!"

"The purpose of ZotPad is to allow accessing Zotero libraries from mobile devices. The software provides read and write access to Zotero files stored on the Zotero server, WebDAV server, or Dropbox and supports adding notes and tages to your items."


Zotero recommends the following apps for Android users to manage their library from a mobile device.  

"Access your Zotero library from your mobile device! Edit and view your library, sync, and work offline." "Zed Lite gives you access to your Zotero reference database on-the-go." "Zojo allows users to view their citations stored at"