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Zotero Basics

user guide for the citation manager Zotero

Welcome to Zotero

This guide will take you through the basics but there are many resources available at to help you learn Zotero. My advice is to install it and jump right in. Then, when you can't figure something out, check out Zotero's Support Page and Video Tutorials. 

  1. Create a free account at
  2. Download the Zotero 5.0 desktop application 
  3. Install Zotero Connector
  4. ​Sign in to your Zotero desktop application and authorize the Zotero connector.

For detailed instructions, visit the Getting Started Checklist.

Special Thanks & Credit due

Special thanks to Nicholas Schiller and Lorena O'English from Washington State University for the use of their guides (Citation Management with Zotero and Zotero @ the WUS Libraries, respectively) in the creation of this one.