Is Zotero right for you?

Zotero is a free, open source program created by a nonprofit organization.

  • Do you use different computers when doing research?
    • Zotero allows you to create an online account, so you have to access your work anywhere you have internet access.
  • Do you need to share your research with others?
    • Zotero allows you to create or join groups to collaborate remotely.
  • Do you need to occasionally work without internet access?
    • Zotero has a desktop version.  You can sync your desktop library with your online account when you have internet access and are able to login to your account.
  • Do you like to mark up documents that you read?
    • You can add notes to and highlight documents. 
  • Are you using the Office 365 click-to-run version of Word?
  • Are you fairly "tech savvy"?
    • Zotero hosts a forum to assist users with troubleshooting issues with Zotero.  If you are not comfortable troubleshooting minor software issues, Zotero may not be the best tool for you. 


How to start:

  1. Go to Zotero's webpage:
  2. Download Zotero to your computer.
  3. Install a Zotero browser connector for every browser you intend to use.

How to use:

  1. Open Zotero on your computer
  2. Conduct research using your connected browser
  3. Click on the icon in your browser bar to save documents to your "library": or

See these pages for more detail:

Adding items to your Zotero library

Adding files to your Zotero library

Zotero 6 video tutorials