Zotero's newest version, Zotero 5.0, no longer offers an option for the Firefox vs. Desktop versions. Moving forward Zotero will only offer a desktop version which will then allow you to add an extension to the browser of your choice. You will notice training materials in this guide encouraging you to use the Firefox version, but if you download 5.0 or later this will no longer be an option. We are working to update this guide to reflect impending changes, but for now please consult Zotero's Website and support documentation for the latest.
Want to see how to get started using Zotero in Fielding's library? We've created a 20-minute video which walks through all of the basics: downloading, setting preferences, adding items, organizing your collection, and even using Zotero with MS Word. You can view the video on YouTube by clicking here. (We'd recommend watching full-screen to see all the details!).
Zotero (pronounced "zoh-TAIR-oh") is a Firefox addon 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.
It automatically updates itself periodically to work with new online sources and new bibliographic styles.
Using This Guide
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Zotero Quick Start Guide
There are two version of Zotero: Zotero for Firefox and Zotero Standalone. If you plan to use Zotero with Fielding library resources we strongly encourage you to use the 'Zotero for Firefox' version. Zotero's documentation indicates that the Standalone version does not function well with proxy servers which are the type of servers our libraries must use to make our resources available world-wide.
Zotero will run on any operating system and only takes a few seconds to install.
To install, go to http://www.zotero.org/ and click the red "Download" button. Click "Install Zotero for Firefox" 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 in the top, right-hand corner of your Firefox window.
If you have any problems, check the Zotero installation page.
You'll probably also want to download and install the 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.
Mac users: The Zotero 1.0 plugin doesn't work with Word 2008 for MacOS. If you're using Word 2008 on a Mac, you should probably use Zotero 2.0. More info here.
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