Getting Started with Zotero
Zotero is a free reference management program that enables you to easily store, organize and share metadata and documents for references including books, journal articles, websites and other resources. You can use your Zotero library to create in-text citations and bibliographies in MS Word. To get started with Zotero, visit Zotero’s Download page and complete the following steps. Or, download the How To Guide to Zotero.
You have two options for downloading Zotero to your desktop: Zotero for Firefox or Zotero Standalone. You can choose to install either version or both.
If you choose to install Zotero Standalone, download the browser extension for either Chrome, Firefox or Safari, depending on which browser you use most commonly.
If you use Mozilla Firefox frequently, you may choose to install Zotero for Firefox, which allows you to save and organize documents without leaving Firefox. Make sure to install the plugin for Word if you choose this version.
You will also want to register online and create a user account, which can be done by clicking Register in the top right corner of the Zotero download page. This online account will allow you to back up your library and access the library from multiple computers, use your online library to share references with others and network with other Zotero users.
To ensure syncing between your online account and desktop Zotero library, you must add your user account info to Zotero Standalone by going to Tools > options > Sync and then entering your account info (make sure sync automatically is checked). In Zotero for Firefox, hit the gear button , then go to preferences > sync and enter your account info/make sure sync automatically is selected.