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Zotero

Collect, organize, cite and share your research with this free software.

What is Zotero?

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Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share research. It's available for Mac, Windows, and Linux. With a Zotero.org account, you can access your library from any browser and collaborate with others.

Zotero Set Up Checklist

Before you begin: If you have Microsoft Word or LibreOffice open on your computer, we recommend you quit them before attempting to install Zotero.

1. Download and install Zotero 5.0 for Windows, Mac, or Linux. This installs both the Zotero application and the word processor plugin for Microsoft Word or LibreOffice.

2. Install the Zotero Connector for your web browser; supported browsers are Chrome and Firefox. Zotero Connector will automatically install a Zotero menu into Google Docs.

Screenshot of Zotero Connector installation button on zotero.org

3. Register for a Zotero.org accountAfter you register, Zotero will send a confirmation email to the address provided. Open the email and click the link to confirm your registration.

4. Set up the Zotero app to sync to your new Zotero.org account.

5. Learn more about Word Processor Integrations for Microsoft Word, LibreOffice, and Google Docs to make the most of Zotero's citation functionality.

Word Processor Integrations

Zotero can help you to create citations, footnotes, and bibliographies in Microsoft Word, LibreOffice, and Google Docs. Learn more about Zotero's word processor integrations, including troubleshooting.

  • Microsoft Word:  Current Brandeis students, faculty, and staff can download Microsoft Office for free.  For the best experience with Zotero, we recommend ensuring that your copy of Microsoft Word is up to date.  For help installing or updating Microsoft Word, contact the Technology Help Desk.
  • LibreOffice is a free, open-source office suite that anyone can download and use.
  • Google Docs can be accessed in Google Drive with your Brandeis login.

Other Browsers and Mobile Devices

Using a Chromebook or mobile device instead of a laptop? Committed to a browser (like Safari, Edge, or Internet Explorer) that doesn't have a Zotero Connector? See our guide to using Zotero.org with any browser.

ZoteroBib

Want to build a bibliography instantly from any computer or device, without creating an account or installing any software?  Try ZoteroBib.