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Zotero Setup & Basics

📁What is Zotero?

Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use software program to help you collect, manage, and cite your sources. It integrates with your web browser.


⚠️Zotero Help

The Zotero website has more about setup and for trouble shooting problems.

🔗Zotero Quick Start Guide

🔗Using Zotero MS Word Plugin

🔗Zotero Frequently Asked

🧰Setup Zotero

1. 🔗Download and Install desktop application on your computer.

2. Add the “Connector” for your web browser(s).

3. Open MS Word and check for a Zotero Tab in the top menu. If there is no tab, Open Edit menu in Zotero program, click Preferences, Click Cite, Click Word Processors tab, Click Install Microsoft Word Add-In.

🌐Zotero Account Sync

  1. Register for a free Zotero account to backup your library and access it from any device.
  2.  Inside the Zotero software, Click Edit menu, Click Preferences, Click Sync. Login to your Zotero account.

Add items By ISBN, DOI, or PMID

Search for items inside Zotero
Click the wand icon on the tool bar to search for items to add

Add items Manually

Choose the source type from the menu
Click the plus sign icon to type in item information manually

📄Adding Items

  • Zotero “watches” the web pages you view for books, articles or other sources.
  • If Zotero detects a source to save, you’ll see an icon appear in the browser address bar.
  • Click the icon, and choose the folder to save the item.

🔗Adding Items to Zotero

zotero book browser icon
Zotero Icon in Browser Window

Add Primo Saved items

The easiest way to export your saved items is via a RIS file which you can import into Zotero.

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