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What is Zotero?

Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.  It automatically senses content in your web browser, allowing you to add the content to your Zotero libraries with one click.  All resources collected are stored in a single searchable interface that is either connected to your Mozilla Firefox web browser or accessible through a standalone software (if your preferred web browser is not Firefox).[1]


[1] Zotero. Rou Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. Retrieved from

Zotero Components

Browser Extensions & Standalone Client

Zotero was originally designed to work as an extension of the Mozilla Firefox browser.  Therefore, to maximize the use of Zotero it is best to install the Firefox extension.  Once installed, accessing the Zotero library and saving citations can be easily managed directly from the Firefox browser.  For users that prefer another web browser such as Chrome or Safari, a standalone client can be downloaded and linked with your browser.  The download process requires a few extra steps, but once linked with your prefered browser it functions much the same as the Firefox extension.

The Zoterofox extension is the main way in which all resources are saved into your Zotero library.  As you access different types of resources, books from the NOBLE catalog, journal articles, web content, etc. Zotero will automatically sense the content within your web browser and present resource type appropriate saving options so you can quickly import the citation into your Zotero library.  All citations will save into the general “My Library” folder and then you can drag and drop them to specific folders once they have been saved.  

Microsoft Word Plug-in

The Microsoft Word Zotero Plug-in allows you to create, insert, and edit citations and bibliographies saved in a Zotero library.  When the plug-in is installed for your Microsoft Word, all features will be available on the “Add-Ins” tab.  


Download Zotero

The Zotero tool is available for Mac, Windows, and Linux users.  You can choose to download "Zotero for Firefox" which will link with your Firefox browser or download the "Zotero Standalone" option which will allow you to use the web browser of your choice.  If you are using the Standalone client, first download Zotero and then add the appropriate browser extension for your prefered web browser.  

Plug-ins for Word or LibreOffice are download separetly.  

All downloading options are available from the website.  Select your preferred client and browser extensions and start using Zotero today!