Learn about different software to help save, organize and cite your research.

Video tutorials

For more in-depth information on these topics, please view the video tutorial segments in the boxes below.

Downloading Zotero video

Setting up preferences video

Getting started

This page will cover the following steps:

1) Downloading Zotero

2) Downloading browser connector

3) Setting up preferences


First, go to www.zotero.org/download to download Zotero:

Download on a PC:                                        Download on a Mac:


a connector must be downloaded for any and all browsers with which you intent to use Zotero.



For best results, use Firefox or Chrome.

For use with a desktop browser without a Zotero Connector, you can use the Zotero Bookmarklet (zotero.org/downloadbookmarklet) to save items to your Zotero library. We recommend using the Zotero Connnector when possible for the best experience.

The Zotero bookmarklet allows you to save to your online Zotero account using your mobile device or tablet.  Set up your account to sync (see the "Setting up preferences" box below), and you can access your Zotero Library from any device.

Setting up preferences

Open Zotero

Mac users: Click on Zotero and then Preferences:

PC users: Click on Edit and choose Preferences:

This is where you will find the Microsoft Word Add-in, which allows you to cite and create bibliographies in MS Word.*
Go to Cite and Word Processors to install this plug-in.


When you have successfully installed the MS Word Add-in, you will see the message "Reinstall Microsoft Word Add-in" as shown above.

Then set your citation style under Styles from the Preferences page:


If you wish to set up an online account in order to access your Zotero Library from different devices, be sure to register for your free account, and then sync your account under the link:

Set to "synch automatically" and to "sync full-text content".



*Use of this tool is shown on the "Creating citations and bibliographies" page of this guide.