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Zotero: A Beginner's Guide: Home

Important Note

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. You can view the playlist of training videos for Zotero 5.0 here

Zotero and the Fielding Library

Want to see how to get started using Zotero in Fielding's library?  We've created a 9-part video tutorial series which walks through all of the basics: downloading, setting preferences, adding items, organizing your collection, and even using Zotero with MS Word. You can access the YouTube playlist here. (We'd recommend watching full-screen to see all the details!).

Workshop handouts

Zotero Tutorials

Zotero has produced several great how-to videos on their site that demonstrate step by step how to use Zotero's features.

This is a quick overview of how to save citations from the web.

More Zotero Screencast Tutorials

About Zotero

Photo by Karin DalzielWhat Zotero Does

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

This guide is several pages long -- use the tabs across the top to navigate through topics, or the "Print Entire Guide" link in the bottom right to print the whole thing.

Zotero Quick Start Guide

See also this great guide published by the Zotero developers themselves. Also available as a PDF.

Getting and Installing Zotero

Important Information!

The newest version of Zotero, version 5.0, is now only available as a desktop application.  There is no longer a choice between the Firefox version and the Standalone version.  Moving forward, all users may download version 5.0 and add the 'browser connector' tool to the browser of their choice.

Download the desktop Application and Browser Connector:

First, connect to Zotero's website using the device/browser you normally use:**NOTE: The most recent version of Safari does not support Zotero's browser connector; we recommend using a different browser. 

On the homepage, click on the 'Download' button. 

On the next screen choose first to download Zotero.  Then choose to download the connector for your browser.



Follow any on-screen prompts to complete the download steps for the application and the connector. 

Zotero should also automatically download the add-in for Microsoft Word.  Check for a 'Zotero' option in the ribbon along the top of Word the next time you open it.  If it's not there, you can easily download add-in for Word from the 'Preferences' menu of Zotero later on. 

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This guide is created by Jason Puckett and licensed by Georgia State University Library under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.

You may reproduce any part of it for noncommercial purposes as long as credit is included.  I encourage you to license your derivative works under Creative Commons as well to encourage sharing and reuse of educational materials.