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

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:

Deselecting the first option will save file space:

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 "sync automatically" and to "sync full-text content":

Set up Library Lookup

Set up the 'Library Lookup' feature in Zotero to enable the ability to ask Zotero to look in an online library for a particular file. You can read more about Library Lookup and Zotero's other 'locate' features on this page.

To set up this feature, open the preferences menu and select the 'Advanced' tab. Locate the box labeled 'Resolver':

Copy/paste Fielding's resolver URL into the box: https://KD3DJ7KR7S.search.serialssolutions.com

This is all that is needed for set-up. To use the lookup feature, first highlight the title of an item in your Zotero library. Then click on the green arrow at the top of the window and choose 'Library Lookup':

Now, a page will open in your default web browser. You will see an intermediary screen asking for your Moodle username and password. You must put these in since you are arriving at the library from Zotero and have not yet logged in. 

Once you input your credentials, Zotero will drop you at that article's page within Fielding's library if it is available. 

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