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Western Carolina University

Using Zotero

Zotero is free, easy to use software that helps you save, manage, and cite research sources.

Install Both Parts

To use Zotero, you'll need to install two things:

  1. The Zotero application itself
  2. A connector to allow your browser to save citations to Zotero

Both of these are available from the Zotero download page.

Step 1: Install Zotero Application

Image - Install Zotero application

Download and install Zotero from the Zotero website.

(There's a different version for each operating system: Windows, MacOS or Linux.)

Step 2: Install Connectors

Connectors allow your web browser to save citations to your Zotero library.

The Zotero downloads page should automatically detect what browser you're using and give you a link.

Image - Install Zotero Connectors

Each browser has its own version of the Zotero connector, so if you use Firefox, Chrome and Safari you'll need to install all three.